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Traversing the world of football in search of the stories that matter, brought to you by expert journalists and guests. Check out our award-winning print magazine.

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A journey from the Premier League and Serie A to the wilds of the non-league
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The podcast gang reconvene with a new weekly look at some fresh football issues, from the non-league game to Serie A and the Premier League managerial merry-go-round.
Oct 03, 2022
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Manchester United
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Join us as These Football Times senior writer and social media guru Josh Butler suggests who should be honoured on Manchester United’s very own Mount Rushmore. With so many players to choose from, there’s plenty of debate and opinion from across the panel.
Jun 28, 2022
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Brighton & Hove Albion
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As well as running the @80s90sfootball Twitter account and writing about football’s relationship with politics, Michael Hamlen is a long-term fan of Brighton & Hove Albion. In this episode, he chooses the four Seagulls players that he thinks most deserve to be immortalised on the Mount Rushmore towering over the Amex Stadium.
Jun 19, 2022
Golden: why Belgian football is more than one generation
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These Football Times senior writer, James Kelly,  joins us to talk about his new book covering the history of Belgian football. The current Rode Duivels squad is widely regarded as one of Europe's top national teams but, as James explains, there's far more to the story of Belgian football than the current generation. 
Jun 12, 2022
In the heat of the midday sun: the indelible story of the 1986 World Cup
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These Football Times' very own Steven Scragg joins the podcast to talk about his fourth book, a brilliant look at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Relive the drama of the Azteca and beyond in the midday sun, as the world was treated to a spectacle of football rarely matched since.  
May 30, 2022
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Swindon Town
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In this episode, the podcast team are joined by long-time Swindon Town fan Victor Morgan. After supporting the club for more than 50 years, he has plenty of scope when selecting the four players most deserving immortality on Swindon’s own Mount Rushmore.
May 22, 2022
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Fiorentina
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Author and podcaster Giancarlo Rinaldi takes us on a journey to Tuscany and explains his four chosen players to mark Fiorentina's own Mount Rushmore. There’s plenty of discussion and debate as we both laud his choices and advocate others who could have been included. 
May 15, 2022
The greatest forwards in African football history
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To join the launch of the African Forwards magazine, the podcast team got together to discuss our list of 15 legends to emerge from the continent. From undisputed picks like Drogba, Eto'o and Weah to lesser-known legends including Bwalya, Keita and Yekini, the team discuss the merits of each. 
May 08, 2022
The nearly men: the greatest teams that failed to win the World Cup
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We're back in the Centre Circle talking to These Football Times' senior writer Aidan Williams about his new book The Nearly Men, focusing on some of the greatest sides that failed to win the World Cup. Join us as we discuss what made them great, why their failure appeals so strongly to so many, and why their legacy endures.
May 02, 2022
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Exeter City
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Exeter University lecturer Matt Riley has taken a break from academia to chat to the podcast team about the Exeter City players that he believes deserve to be immortalised, forever looking down on St James' Park from the club’s own Mount Rushmore. Which of the Grecians did Matt select? 
Apr 19, 2022
The Beautifully Designed Game with Mark Johnson
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down once again with sports creative Mark Johnson to talk about life as a self-employed creative. From planning ahead in making the move from full-time employment to developing ongoing concepts, building large-scale 3D sculptures and the material delivery challenges, that Inter Milan shirt … to working on murals for retail space and gushing over the lights of LA.
Apr 15, 2022
From kids to champions: a history of the FA Youth Cup
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We’re back in the Centre Circle for another book chat. Join us as The Football Library's head honcho Jonny Brick chats with us about his new work, From Kids to Champions, tracing the history of the FA Youth Cup.
Apr 11, 2022
Out of the Blue: the story of Chelsea's 2012 Champions League glory
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We’re back in the Centre Circle talking with These Football Times' Gary Thacker about his new book Out of the Blue - Chelsea's unlikely Champions League triumph. It covers the dramatic 2011/12 season, when Chelsea recovered from a tailspin of decline to win the continent’s top club honour against all the odds. Join us to hear a story of remarkable comebacks, unexpected upsets and ultimate triumph.
Apr 07, 2022
Adidas in football: the faces, stories, highs, lows, boots, balls and kits
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Adidas and football. Football and Adidas. It just works. But that wasn't always the case. From the legend of the 1954 World Cup final, when West Germany, with the help of Adidas, defeated Hungary's Mighty Magyars, to the fall and rebirth of the Three Stripes, in marking the launch of the magazine, the podcast team have got together to share their memories of Adidas in and out of the beautiful game. We've got it all: the faces, the stories, the highs, the lows, the boots, the balls and the kits.
Apr 03, 2022
Everton's malaise and the fight for survival
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The team are joined by Matt Jones of the hugely popular Blue Room podcast to discuss Everton's current malaise, squad and managerial issues, and a leadership seemingly lacking direction. We dissect the various troubles and Everton's hopes for survival in Today's Football Times.
Mar 31, 2022
The Beautifully Designed Game with Mary Axon-Smith
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with an individual so talented as to be already working with one of the world’s biggest clubs, the wonderful Mary Axon-Smith. From the technical side of life, dropping easter eggs into visual scenes, to celebrating Kevin De Bruyne, Mary gives a great insight into her life as an illustrator ... and living up to her name as a track runner.
Mar 28, 2022
The Beautifully Designed Game with Dave Will
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with a genuine leading light in the world of sporting illustration, Dave Will. Talking about their time working on a shared brief to promote European Cup football to Dave’s design industry journey, capturing characters in portraiture,  promoting yourself, getting misty-eyed over 90s kit design, and celebrating King Eric.
Mar 24, 2022
The South America Files: La Plata
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The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area. In this episode, we visit La Plata in Argentina.
Mar 21, 2022
Fiorentina through the decades: the high, lows, triumphs and tragedies
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To celebrate the launch of the Fiorentina magazine, the podcast team got together to talk all things Viola, from the highs of the last Scudetto and Cecchi Gori years to liquidation and legends. Think Batistuta, Antognoni, Baggio, Rui Costa, Luca Toni and more.
Mar 14, 2022
The South America Files: Guayaquil
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The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area. In this episode, we visit Guayaquil in Ecuador.
Feb 27, 2022
The South America Files: Cali
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The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area. In this episode, we visit Cali in Colombia.
Feb 21, 2022
The Beautifully Designed Game talks HOME with Luke McCarthy
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with a man he considers his brother in design, Luke McCarthy. From partnering as goalkeeper and centre-back to illustrating, designing and publishing a book series together, Luke and Marcus talk matchday experiences, 7-a-side adventures, celebrating the city of Glasgow, and what it means to feel at HOME within the beautiful game.  
Feb 10, 2022
The South America Files: Buenos Aires
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The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area. In this episode, we visit Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Feb 06, 2022
The South America Files: Bogotá
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The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area. In this episode, we visit Bogotá in Colombia.
Jan 31, 2022
The Beautifully Designed Game with Yoni Weinberg
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with the incredibly multi-talented filmmaker and digital artist, Yoni Weisberg. From his life as a film and TV director to establishing himself as one of football's most influential artists, Yoni gives an insight into working behind the camera, why he loves the beautiful game, and that BBC Euro 2020 title sequence.
Jan 23, 2022
Talking Ronaldo, the original, greatest phenomenon
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To coincide with the launch of the Ronaldo magazine, the podcast team sat down to discuss the career of O Fenómeno, one of the most devastatingly brilliant footballers of all. From his rise as a teen prodigy to his injury troubles, pressure, rebirth and legacy, the Brazilian takes centre stage once more.
Jan 16, 2022
The South America Files: Avellaneda
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The South America Files are open. Join us as we draw a sharp focus on a number of cities around the continent, and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and gaffes, we'll examine local rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football. In this episode, we visit Avellaneda in Argentina.
Jan 02, 2022
The Original Football Manager
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In this special edition of the podcast, the team talk to Kevin Toms, creator of the original Football Manager game - which was so popular in the 1980s - about what inspired it, how it was created and how it gained popularity. We talk strategy, realism and the sheer addictive nature of a game that launched a genre. We also discuss Kevin's upcoming book, The Origin of Football Manager, and the Android/IOS version of the game, Football Star Manager.
Dec 23, 2021
The South America Files: Asunción
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The South America Files are open again. Join us as we draw a sharp focus on a number of cities around the continent and discuss the clubs within them. Guided by Dr Pete Watson, our resident South American football expert, as well as looking at their formation, history, culture, glories and troubles, we'll examine rivalries and consider how the location, politics and unique nature of each city has influenced football in that area, country and across the continent. In this episode, we visit Asunción in Paraguay.
Dec 19, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game: Talking Portraits
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with three of the most influential artists practising in the sporting creative field, talking all things portraiture with Phil Galloway, Dave Flanagan and Karl Thyer. From their unique approach to portraiture, to developing an art direction and all things football, Phil, Dave and Karl give us an insight into the discipline of portraiture from the view of the world's finest creative talent.
Dec 09, 2021
The Final Word: The 2005 Champions League final
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Destined for defeat at half-time, three goals down to the might of AC Milan, Liverpool conjured up an epic second-half recovery to win the 2005 Champions League final on penalties. Reds fan and senior writer Jon Townsend joins us to recount the events of the Miracle of Istanbul, one of European football's greatest nights. 
Dec 05, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Rob Parker
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The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with copywriter, author and the creative mind behind the two beautiful books World At Your Feet and Europe At Your Feet, Rob Parker. From the process of the author working with illustrator Lawerta, to his love of the beautiful game and his favourite layouts across the books, Rob gives an insight to life as a writer. Olus learn all about Rob the footballer.
Dec 04, 2021
A Whole New Ball Game: Gary Thacker talks his second football fiction release
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In this podcast we re-enter the Centre Circle with another of These Football Times' authors, discussing Gary Thacker's new book, A Whole New Ball Game, the sequel to The Games People Play, one of the very best fictional football releases in recent times.
Nov 30, 2021
The Final Word: 2015 Scottish Cup final
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On 30 May 2015, Inverness Caledonian Thistle won the Scottish Cup for the only time, one of the great cup runs in the competition's history. The game swung this way and that with a red card, a late equaliser and even a later winner settling the issue, In this episode, Inverness fan Lewis Henderson recalls the drama of the occasion and talks us through the game.
Nov 28, 2021
Tottenham's troubles and newfound hope under Antonio Conte
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As Tottenham move confidently into the Antonio Conte era, the podcast team talk to broadcaster and Spurs fan Abbi Summers about how the club have ended up in this position and where it all might go from here.
Nov 23, 2021
Origin Stories: the pioneers who took football to the world
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The podcast team chat to Chris Lee about his book Origin Stories, in which he charts the growth of the game in each major football country. We discuss the great stories in this fascinating book, exploring tales both familiar and less known from across the globe. 
Nov 22, 2021
Vamos Flamengo! An exploration into Brazil's biggest club
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Brazil's biggest football club, times are good at Flamengo as they make good on the promise of a star-studded squad. But they've been here before, of course, most notably in 1981 when greats like Zico and Júnior led them to world domination. From the highs to the lows - featuring Leônidas, Petković, Adriano, Romário, Ronaldinho and so much more - this is the story of Flamengo. 
Nov 17, 2021
Arsène Wenger: Invincible
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The podcast team are joined for an exclusive chat with Gabriel Clarke, who talks about his wonderful new documentary charting Arsène Wenger's managerial career at Arsenal, discussing the concept and production of the film, along with anecdotes and an insight into what it was like to work with Wenger and a number of players from the Invincibles.
Nov 12, 2021
The Final Word: 1970 World Cup final
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Perhaps the greatest World Cup final display of all time, the great Brazilian team of Pelé and his fellow magicians dazzled in the scorching Mexican sun. In this episode, we wax lyrical about the first World Cup final in colour with senior writer Aidan Williams and wallow in Canarinho memories.
Nov 04, 2021
How can you become part of the These Football Times team?
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We're often asked what writers and artists need to do if they want to become part of the team. There's no easy answer to the question, unfortunately. It's a matter of submitting work and having it being accepted and approved. In this episode of The Lob, we talk to Alex Roberts, one of TFT's newest and youngest team members, about his journey from being an aspiring writer to having his work up on our website and preparing to feature in a future magazine.
Nov 02, 2021
Forza Italia! BT Sport's Adam Summerton talks Serie A, Golazzo and commentating on the league
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Forza Italia. Join us as we talk to commentator Adam Summerton about his long-term love of Serie A and his role as the voice of BT Sport's Sunday night coverage as part of James Richardson's excellent show, Golazzo.
Oct 28, 2021
The Final Word: The 1970 FA Cup final replay
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Often described as one of the competition's most brutal and bruising encounters, the 1970 FA Cup final replay between Chelsea and Leeds has gone down in the annals of football history as part of an ongoing feud between the two clubs. A young Paul Mc Parlan travelled from his Liverpool home to Manchester to watch the game and joins us to discuss the legendary encounter.
Oct 24, 2021
The Final Word: The 1974 FA Cup final
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The 1974 FA Cup final saw Liverpool lift the trophy as they comprehensively outplayed Newcastle. Along with lifelong Reds fan and all-round LFC doyen, Jeff Goulding, we discuss how Liverpool managed to give Bill Shankly a fitting send-off in his last game in charge of the Reds.
Oct 22, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Karl Thyer
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For the third fixture of the second season, The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with the super-talented sports illustrator, creative head behind Goalstar and all-round great guy, Karl Thyer. From his unique journey to being an established professional illustrator to working with the club he loves, Karl gives an insight into his love of training kits, expanding your portfolio with developing art directions, why John Barnes means so much ... and Karl the footballer.
Oct 19, 2021
The Final Word: The 1998 World Cup final
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In this episode of The Final Word, our series exploring the most memorable cup finals of all, we revisit the 1998 World Cup. We’re joined by Tom Scholes to try and unravel the mystery over Ronaldo’s appearance, the majesty of Zidane, and how France managed to lift the trophy for the first time in front of an expectant nation.
Oct 14, 2021
The Saudi takeover of Newcastle United and what it means for the club and league
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With the completion of the sale of Newcastle United, the podcast team discuss a number of issues raised by the takeover: the endless lust for money, the state of the Premier League and the impact on fans caught up in it all, and wrestling with morality and love for a club.
Oct 12, 2021
The undisputed champions of Europe: how the gods of football became European royalty
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We are joined in the Centre Circle by our very own Steven Scragg, as he talks to us about the final part of his incredible European club competition book trilogy. The Undisputed Champions of Europe examines the glory days and the various periods of dominance of the greatest club competition in the world - when the European Cup truly gave us the best club in Europe.
Oct 10, 2021
The Final Word: The 2006 World Cup final
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The Final Word is These Football Times' new podcast series. In each episode, we invite a guest along to talk about their favourite final - from domestic football to the biggest international competitions. To kick off, writer Matthew Gibbs takes us back to the 2006 World Cup final to talk about Zidane, head-butts, Panenkas and more.
Oct 07, 2021
How Bayern Munich became European royalty and a domestic powerhouse
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To celebrate the launch of the Bayern Munich magazine, the podcast team got together to discuss all things Bayern, from their remarkable rise in the 1970s - powered by all those immortal club heroes - to domestic dominance in the 1980s, Trapattoni, Hitzfeld and co in the 1990s and a modern rebirth under Heynckes and Guardiola.  
Oct 03, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Luke McCarthy
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For the fourth fixture of season two, The Beautifully Designed Game host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with Glasgow-based designer and Creative Director of design agency Pim-Pam, Luke McCarthy. From table tennis to football, from working with local sports organisations to The Scottish FA and UEFA, Luke gives a real insight into connecting with sport through design, working with host Marcus on the HOME book series. Plus, learn how Marcus the goalkeeper loves to play with Luke the centre-back, and a lesson on Clydebank FC.
Sep 26, 2021
The forgotten champions: the Howard Kendall masterclass that delivered Everton's last title in 1987
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In the 1984/85 season, Everton had become champions of England for the first time in 15 years. The following season they had to watch their title slip away across Stanley Park to Liverpool, despite having the country's leading goalscorer wearing blue. By 1986/87, with Gary Lineker off to Barcelona, the chances of the title returning to Goodison Park looked remote. The Forgotten Champions, by TFT's Paul Mc Parlan, tells the story of how a Howard Kendall-inspired Everton battled against the loss of key men, a crippling injury crisis, and the perils of plastic pitches to emerge as champions once more.
Sep 23, 2021
The Untouchables: the story of Liverpool's first great football team
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Once more we are joined by one of These Football Times' favourite authors, Jeff Goulding, to discuss his wonderful new book about a Liverpool side almost lost to the mists of time. From the frontline of World War One to back-to-back league titles, this is the fascinating story of the club's first great team.
Sep 20, 2021
The Football History Boys: the humble ball can educate and inspire children
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In the second podcast with The Football History Boys, Ben Jones and Gareth Thomas, we discuss football in education, not only from the benefits of a physical team activity, but also the use of the ball as a means to educate and engage children in a number of subjects and themes throughout formal education.
Sep 16, 2021
The Football History Boys: how football can shape the culture of society
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In the first of two podcasts with The Football History Boys, Ben Jones and Gareth Thomas, we discuss how football not only reflects society but can also influence its culture, and what it can teach us about the world away from a formal education setting.
Sep 12, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Birmingham City
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer writer Matthew Gibbs a chance to nominate his favourite four legends of St. Andrews to be immortalised on Birmingham City's own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the blue shirt, the legends and the cult heroes.
Sep 07, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Craig Black
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For the second fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt sits down with Scottish artist and independent designer, Craig Black. From his days as a professional footballer to life as an artist from his studio in Greenock, Craig gives an insight into his creative journey, making the most of social media, working with the club he loves, his connection to typography, and how his Fusion Series – Footballs grew from messy experiments to a dream TV advert.
Sep 03, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Leeds United
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer James Sweeney a chance to nominate his four favourite Leeds United heroes to be immortalised on the club's own Mount Rushmore. Join us as we reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to dawn the all-white shirt across the decades and break down who makes James' cut.
Aug 29, 2021
What lies ahead in the Premier League this season?
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With the new season underway, the podcast team cast their eyes briefly back to Euro 2020 and then forwards to the new season. They discuss the big-spender and the Premier League contenders, plus talk on Rafa Benitez, Brentford, Lionel Messi, booing more.
Aug 26, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Wrexham
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer James Kelly a chance to nominate his four favourite Wrexham heroes to be immortalised on the club's own Mount Rushmore. Join us as we reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to dawn the red and white shirt across the decades, and discuss a bit about the bright future.
Aug 22, 2021
Whose Game is it Anyway? Football, Life, Love & Loss
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Renowned author and journalist Michael Calvin joins us again to discuss his latest book, which takes a look at the very soul of football, at a time when the world was crying out for the beautiful game to bring us some joy. Written against the backdrop of Calvin's life in the game, this is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming chat in equal measure.
Aug 20, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Tottenham Hotspur
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer writer Tom Scholes a chance to nominate his four favourite Tottenham heroes to be immortalised on Spurs' own Mount Rushmore. Join us as we reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the white shirt across the decades.
Aug 16, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Stanley Chow
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To kick off our second season, The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt sits down with legendary Manchester-based artist and illustrator, Stanley Chow. From his days as a fashion illustrator, to designing and producing his own line, capturing portraits,  his love of the red side of Manchester (and why they look so good in black), Stan gives an insight to life as a genuinely world-class talent and leading light in the illustration world. Oh, and an in-depth talk on fish 'n' chips! 
Aug 12, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Celtic
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer Paul Murphy a chance to nominate his four favourite Celtic heroes to be immortalised on the Bhoys' own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the green and white hoops, how tricky Paul's selection was, and why he plumped for his four.
Aug 08, 2021
The dreamers and the achievers: Internazionale through the decades
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Alongside our magazine release on Internazionale, the podcast team have got together to discuss the club through the decades, from their favourite memories and players to the good times and bad. 
Aug 05, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Everton
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer Paul Mc Parlan a chance to nominate his four ultimate Everton heroes to sit on his own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the blue from a fan who's been on the Goodison terraces since the 1960s.
Jul 30, 2021
'Gooaal': the joy of goal celebrations
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Goal celebrations can be as iconic and the ball crossing the line. From the traditional firm handshake to the latest choreographed routine and everything in between, Tony Rickson joins us to discuss his wonderful book which celebrates the celebration. 
Jul 26, 2021
The Mount Rushmore Selection: Newcastle United
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In The Mount Rushmore Selection, we offer senior writer Aidan Williams a chance to nominate his favourite four legends of St. James' Park to be immortalised on Newcastle United's own Mount Rushmore. Join us to reminisce about some of the greatest players ever to wear the black and white shirt, the legends and the fans' heroes.
Jul 19, 2021
When the Seagulls Follow the Trawler
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Join disciples of the 1970s and 80s, Stu, Steven, and Gary, as they grill Tom Whitworth about his dedication to all things 1990s and his wonderful book, When the Seagulls Follow the Trawler.
Jul 13, 2021
The Turning Season: remembering East Germany's final DDR-Oberliga season
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Michael Wagg joins the podcast to talk about his book, a journey back to the final season in the lost nation of East Germany. Revisiting the 14 clubs that made up the final ever Oberliga season, this is a wonderful discussion about a place and time already disappearing into the footballing mists of history.
Jul 05, 2021
Peru: the ultimate sleeping giant of South American football
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South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different nations of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, in this episode we focus on Peru, whose international team has the coolest of shirts, but whose clubs have never triumphed in the Copa Libertadores.
Jun 29, 2021
Roberto Baggio: every footballer we've ever loved at once
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The ponytail. The shimmies. The dribbles. The free-kicks. The genius. The divinity. Roberto Baggio was every footballer we've ever loved at once. The team discuss his life and career in this intimate podcast, released alongside the Baggio new magazine.
Jun 22, 2021
The story of Argentine football: Maradona, Messi and some of the game's greatest clubs.
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South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different nations of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed in the different nations of the continent; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, we conclude our odyssey with a visit to Argentina, whose relationship with Europe as much as with the remainder of the continent defined its identity and footballing development.
Jun 15, 2021
Who Ate All The Squid
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A struggling Korean football team within the post-2002 World Cup void; a newly-installed Scottish manager; and a football-hungry Canadian watching on from the sparsely populated stands. Join us as we talk to the author of the wonderful book Who Ate All The Squid, Devon Rowcliffe.
Jun 14, 2021
Euro 2020: the complete preview
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The podcast team cast their eyes back to the Champions League final, and forwards to the tournament summer at Euro 2020. They discuss the British domestic squabbles and prospects, plus the main contenders and a classic group of death.
Jun 10, 2021
Scotland at Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup, and 20 years of frustration that followed
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In the final episode of our series celebrating the Scotland national team, the podcast team discuss the final two tournament appearances of the 1990s: Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup. Both were tales of frustration, but were nothing compared to the lows in the years that followed. We also discuss the two decades of deep lows, as the frustrating tournament exits became frustrating qualifying failures. We also look ahead to Euro 2020 and Scotland’s hopes at their first tournament in 23 years.
Jun 08, 2021
A history of Paraguayan football, the sleeping giant of South America
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South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different nations of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. In this episode, we visit Paraguay and discover how and why this landlocked country with just seven million inhabitants has lifted two Copa América titles and produced the most famous goalscoring goalkeeper.
Jun 07, 2021
Scotland at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1992
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In part four of our celebration of the Scotland national team, the podcast crew discuss the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1992 under the stewardship of Andy Roxburgh. The frustrations of 1990 led to a good showing in Scotland’s first European Championship appearance, at a time when the nation lacked the stars of years past but still possessed the quality to maintain a presence on the world stage in their fifth successive World Cup appearance.
Jun 03, 2021
The story of Bolivian football, from war and mining to some of the game's best club names
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South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different countries of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, this time we're off to Bolivia, where two wars, geography and mining dictated the introduction and development of the game and why the national team didn’t play a home game until 1950.
Jun 02, 2021
The ecstasy and agony of Scotland at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups
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Our Scotland series  takes us into the 1980s in episode three, as the podcast team discuss the national team at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups - from the greatness of David Narey’s wonder-goal against Brazil in 1982 through to the agonising, frustrating , infamous goalless draw with Uruguay four years later.
May 30, 2021
The contradiction of Ecuador: from Copa Libertadores greats to Copa América failures
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South America is one of the hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different countries of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, this time, we're off to Ecuador, who have never finished higher than fourth in the Copa América, but produced the best goalscorer in Copa Libertadores history.
May 27, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Phil Galloway
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The Beautifully Designed Game welcomes a very special guest host, Phil Galloway, who sits down with Glasgow-based goalkeeper, illustrator and graphic artist (and sometime podcast host), Marcus Marritt. From building compositions from a tight colour palette and life as a five and seven-a-side goalkeeper, to working with The FA and UEFA, Marcus gives an insight into life as a full-time illustrator and finding your own voice. Plus the two share a common love and appreciation for the work of Osvaldo Casanova.
May 24, 2021
How Uruguay, a nation of three million, punches so far above its weight in football
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In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be exploring how the game has developed in the different countries of the continent; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, this time, we're off to Uruguay - winners of the first World Cup and unbeaten in the competition for more than 20 years. How have they remained a powerhouse despite their modest size?
May 20, 2021
Scotland's iconic teams at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups
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In part two of our series focusing on the Scotland national team, we move into the 1970s and the two iconic sides that went to the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. We talk Bremner, Dalglish, Gemmill and MacLeod, and discuss the legendary performances against Brazil and the Netherlands, the unbeaten heroics of 1974, and the deep frustrations of 1978.
May 20, 2021
Beautiful Bridesmaids Dressed in Oranje: Gary Thacker talks the Netherlands in 1974 and 1978
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In the 1970s, the bright orange flame of the Netherlands scorched the football pitches of the world, reflecting the rebellious nature of a growing societal revolution, but never claimed the big prize. In his new book, Gary Thacker tells the story of these teams, how they thrilled, entertained and captured the zeitgeist despite missing out on the silverware. How did Dutch football get there and what happened next?
May 16, 2021
The story of Sampdoria's legendary Scudetto 30 years on
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It's been 30 years since the Sampdoria of Mancini, Vialli, Lombardo, Vierchowod and Boskov defied the odds to lift the Scudetto. The podcast team remember that legendary side, their greatest games, the star names, the unsung heroes and more.
May 14, 2021
Scotland at the 1954 and 1958 World Cups and the missed opportunities of the 1960s
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To celebrate Scotland’s qualification for a first international tournament in 23 years, in the first episode of our new series looking at the nation's tournament history, we delve into their very first World Cups in 1954 and 1958, and the frustrations of the missed opportunities for the hugely talented squads of the 1960s.
May 12, 2021
Ricky Hill talks talent, the Littlewoods Cup final against Arsenal and racism (part two)
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Ricky Hill was one of the players who helped to define the English game in the 1980s. Making his debut for Luton at 17 in that iconic Littlewoods Cup final against Arsenal, he was one of the most talented players of his generation. Unfortunately, transitioning from playing to coaching wasn't quite as easy. This is a stunning two-part interview from the man who brought the Rooney Rule to the attention of English football and remains at the forefront of the fight against racism. 
May 12, 2021
Ricky Hill talks talent, the Littlewoods Cup final against Arsenal and racism (part one)
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Ricky Hill was one of the players who helped to define the English game in the 1980s. Making his debut for Luton at 17 in that iconic Littlewoods Cup final against Arsenal, he was one of the most talented players of his generation. Unfortunately, transitioning from playing to coaching wasn't quite as easy. This is a stunning two-part interview from the man who brought the Rooney Rule to the attention of English football and remains at the forefront of the fight against racism. 
May 09, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Liam Stokes-Massey
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The Beautifully Designed Game podcast host, Marcus Marritt, sits down with an artist who goes by the very relevant title of The Pencil Craftsman, photo-realism illustrator and football shirt collector, Liam Stokes-Massey. From his approach to playing on instincts in midfield, working with both traditional media and digital tools, the joy of long sleeve shirts to the detail in illustrating football boots, Liam gives us real insights into his way of working and love of the game. Plus host Marcus reveals all on his future plans for working with Liam.
May 05, 2021
Fan protests, the European Super League and the betrayal of our clubs
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In Today's Football Times, our contemporary podcast, the team discuss fan protests, a number of issues around the European Super League, the betrayal of fans across the game, and the other problems in the modern game that the mood of protest could be focused on.
May 05, 2021
A journey through the world of Valencia, past and present
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It's a club that has scaled football's grandest peaks. And yet, Valencia have sat in the gutter more times than they'd care to remember. From the heroism of Mundo and Kempes to relegation in 1986 and a rebirth in the 1990s, modern Valencia was carved through hard work and struggle. And then came Cuper, and Rafa, and Aimar, Lopez, Mendieta, Baraja, Villa, Mata, Silva, Parejo and more. Brilliant footballers. Nostalgic times. The podcast team discuss all things Valencia. 
May 03, 2021
I’m with the Cosmos: the Steve Hunt story
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Former player Steve Hunt joins us to talk about his book I'm with the Cosmos, looking back at a most sensational career that saw him star alongside Pele, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto and Cruyff, as well as help Aston Villa, Coventry and WBA stay in Division One. It's a story that appears too unbelievable to be true - yet every single word of it is.
Apr 28, 2021
Football's battle to win the hearts of Venezuela
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In this episode of The South America Files, we journey to the north-east of the continent: Venezuela. The country’s national team, La Vinotinto, has never qualified for the World Cup finals; guided by expert Dr Pete Watson, we examine why, look at the future of the game, and why influence from North America is so powerful.
Apr 25, 2021
It's Just A Ball: exploring the complexity of a simple game, with Jon Townsend
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It's Just a Ball is a book for anyone who lives and loves football. Based on the unique set of experiences of the author, These Football Times' senior writer, Jon Townsend, it's a personal exploration of the beautiful game. The podcast team chat to Jon about the book, his inspiration and a number of themes it raises from coaching to culture and much more in between.
Apr 23, 2021
How the violent 1962 World Cup changed the face of Chilean football
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In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be examining how the game has developed on the continent; the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, in this episode we visit the 1962 World Cup hosts Chile, and discuss how that tournament proved a watershed moment in the nation's history.
Apr 19, 2021
An interview with Manchester City icon Paul Power (part two)
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An iconic player from the late 1970s and early-80s, Paul Power was the captain of  Manchester City who led his side in that iconic 1981 FA Cup final replay against Spurs. Paul would later go on to win a league title with Howard Kendall's Everton side in the 1986/87 season. As a coach, he would discover and bring Phil Foden to his beloved Manchester City. This is a special two-part podcast with an icon of the English game.
Apr 15, 2021
An interview with Manchester City icon Paul Power (part one)
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An iconic player from the late 1970s and early-80s, Paul Power was the captain of  Manchester City who led his side in that iconic 1981 FA Cup final replay against Spurs. Paul would later go on to win a league title with Howard Kendall's Everton side in the 1986/87 season. As a coach, he would discover and bring Phil Foden to his beloved Manchester City. This is a special two-part podcast with an icon of the English game.
Apr 13, 2021
How did Brazil become a football superpower?
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In part two of The South America Files, we draw a focus on Brazil. With Dr Pete Watson as our guide, we look back at the history of the game, its development, trials and triumphs, and the future for the international team. How did the game take root there? How did ethnicity and politics influence its development, and why are the talents of Brazilian footballers lauded around the world? 
Apr 11, 2021
Life on the cusp of promotion or relegation, the BeNeLiga proposal, and the "special" Scottish Cup
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In Today's Football Times, our contemporary podcast, our team discuss the clubs in the mix for promotion and relegation in the various domestic leagues this season, with tales of mismanagement and turmoil at one end contrasting with the solid foundations and high hopes at the other. Plus why the Scottish Cup is the best knockout competition around, and the potential game-changer of the BeNeLiga proposal.
Apr 08, 2021
The story of Colombian football and the World Cup that never was
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South America is one of the great hotbeds of football, and in this series we explore the different countries of the continent. In each episode of The South America Files, we'll be looking at how the game has developed in each nation, the clubs, the players, the joys and despairs. Guided by our South American football expert Dr Pete Watson, we start off in Colombia and take a look at the World Cup that never was.
Apr 05, 2021
Remembering the incredible tale of George Scott, the lost Shankly boy
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One of TFT's favourite authors is back. Jeff Goulding talks to us about his book that focuses on George Scott, one of the first players to be signed by Bill Shankly upon his arrival at Liverpool. An incredible tale, with a stellar cast, but the star of the story is the boy who ultimately had his dreams dashed by a man who would always be his guiding light and inspiration.
Mar 25, 2021
Manchester United post-Ferguson: from 13 titles in 20 years to none in eight
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In the summer of 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson finally relinquished the manager's job at Manchester United having delivered the club its 20th league title. Eight years later, they still await their next one. Join us for End of an Era, as author Steven Bell discusses whether the cracks were already showing when David Moyes took the helm and whether Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho could have done more.
Mar 23, 2021
A chat with Luke Chadwick
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Former Manchester United player, Luke Chadwick, joins Stuart Horsfield, Gary Thacker and Steven Bell for a fascinating talk about his time at Old Trafford, the nurturing side of Roy Keane, his loan spell at Royal Antwerp, and the mental health battles he faced, both during his playing career and once he hung up his boots.
Mar 20, 2021
The Champions League, the English challenge and Barcelona's woes
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The podcast team discuss this season's Champions League, the varied issues surrounding the three remaining English clubs in the competition - Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City - as well as the intriguing clash between PSG and Barcelona and the impact of the memorable tie the two played out in 2017.
Mar 20, 2021
The story of Rangers post-liquidation
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The biggest football clubs always seemed immune to the threat of financial implosion, but then came 2012 and Rangers. Join us for episode five of End of an Era, as Lewis Henderson plots the path of what took Scotland's most successful club to the bottom rung of the domestic game and irrevocably changed the sport in Glasgow forever. 

Mar 16, 2021
The legend of Pro Vercelli and their fall from grace
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Pro Vercelli, the first great dominant force of calcio, were Scudetto winners seven times in 14 years between 1908 and 1922, before sinking without any sign of a return to their previous glories. Join us for episode four of End of an Era, as Matthew Gibbs gives a majestic history lesson on the Italian game's most enigmatic club. 
Mar 07, 2021
The story of Anderlecht, from European power to developing talent
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To accompany the Anderlecht magazine - made alongside the club and featuring an exclusive interview with Vincent Kompany - the podcast team sit down to discuss their memories of a club that was once one of Europe's very best. From the great names of yesteryear to how they continue to churn out talent, this is the story of Anderlecht.
Mar 01, 2021
St Pauli: another football is possible
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St Pauli is a football club like no other, standing at the forefront of equality and diversity. It fights injustice and embeds modern popular culture into its DNA. Author Natxo Parra joins us to talk about his book that not only opens a window into this fascinating club, but gets behind the skull and crossbones emblem to reveal a modern blueprint for clubs and their communities.
Feb 27, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Tom Griffiths
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The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt sits down with an artist so talented that, by the age of 23, has already worked for Match of the Day, COPA90, The FA and produced a number of stunning covers for These Football Times, Tom Griffiths. From his arts-based academic background to life as a commanding centre-back and those favoured Chelsea kits of the past, Tom gives us insights into his way of working, including breaking down the detail of his magazine covers.
Feb 23, 2021
The decline of Liverpool post-1990, with Jeff Goulding
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When Liverpool won their 18th league title in 1989/90, nobody could have foreseen that it would be their last for 30 years. After 11 titles in 18 seasons, most pundits predicted more of the same for the new decade that stretched ahead. Join us for episode three of End of an Era, as author Jeff Goulding considers just how the club's most successful era came to an end.
Feb 22, 2021
What you think you know about football is wrong
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Listen to Dr Kevin Moore as he joins us to talk about his latest book, which for some will change the way we see the footballing world forever and for other will provide some "I knew it" moments. A wonderful chat with a man who has imperiously researched the many myths and legends of the beautiful game and will make you rethink if you ever really knew anything about football at all.
Feb 19, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Kevin McGivern
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In the latest fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt sits down with a fellow Glasgow-based creative, a fine artist/illustrator producing world-class portraiture work for clients ranging from Variety, BT Sport, Adidas, COPA90 and Marvel Studios, Kevin McGivern. From an unexpected basement adventure with Henrik Larsson to his practical ways of working, Kevin gives us insights to his way of working, and what it’s like to score past Marcus on the 7s pitches of Glasgow. 
Feb 16, 2021
Arsenal beyond the Invincibles: from perfection to 16 years of frustration
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Just how does a club go from the perfect title-winning season to a 16-year title drought? Join us for episode two of End of an Era, as BT Sport, BBC and ITV commentator Seb Hutchinson discusses how Arsenal's most incredulous era came to an end. 
Feb 14, 2021
The story of football’s black pioneers, with Bill Hern and David Gleave
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Black footballers have had to fight tooth and nail to prosper in the game, from the very start, subjected to the most horrendous treatment, not only from supporters and opponents, but even from their own teammates. While modern times like to see themselves as more enlightened, problems still persist in unsavoury corners of the game, towards a demographic that has given so much to the rich depth and history of the game. In celebration of their contribution - not only with the ball but in making those indelible first breakthroughs into the professional football environment - we talk to the authors of the wonderful book, Football's Black Pioneers, Bill Hern and David Gleave.
Feb 11, 2021
Football and betting, Chelsea's managers, and Wrexham's Hollywood takeover
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In the latest episode of Today's Football Times, the podcast team look at a multitude of issues around football's relationship with betting and the wider industry. We also discuss Chelsea's recent managerial change and clubs appointing favourite ex-players to big roles they are ill-suited for, plus we get the latest on Wrexham's Hollywood takeover from a member of Wrexham's Supporters Trust.
Feb 09, 2021
End of an Era: why Everton's fabled School of Science failed to dominate the 1970s
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Join us for episode one of our new series, End of an Era, where a guest picks a team of choice to discuss how and why a defined era of success ended. For this episode, Paul Mc Parlan dissects why an Everton team that looked set to dominate the 1970s failed to build upon the foundations of their 1969/70 title-winning campaign, and the fabled School of Science midfield of Ball, Kendall and Harvey.

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Feb 08, 2021
Tottenham legend Gary Mabbutt talks Spurs, FA Cup, Gazza and diabetes
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Former Tottenham captain and club icon Gary Mabbutt joins us to talk all things Spurs, FA Cup, Gazza and living life as an elite footballer with diabetes. In an enthralling and engaging conversation, Gary explains how his illness has led to him inspiring others and fighting for equality in the treatment of what can be a debilitating illness.
Feb 04, 2021
Commentating in these unusual times - a discussion with BT Sport's Adam Summerton
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In this episode of The Lob, the team sit down with Adam Summerton, commentator for BT Sport and Amazon Prime. We discuss commentating during Covid and the differences this has led to, the FA Cup and commentator's goldmine of stories it can throw up, plus the impact of TV on National League and Women's football, and much more.
Feb 01, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Anthony Moore
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The Beautifully Designed Game podcast host Marcus Marritt sits down with Anthony Moore, an awarding-winning creative director, illustrator and art director who happens to not only be a good bloke with social causes close to his heart but is also the art editor of FourFourTwo. From his love of the Toon to what an art editor does, Anthony gives us a fantastic view behind the scenes of creating a world-class print publication, cover star heroes, Newcastle  in 1990s, and the simple pleasure of doing something you love for a living.
Jan 13, 2021
A look back on 2020 and a forward glance to 2021 with hope and trepidation
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In the latest Today's Football Times episode, the team look back on 2020, and also discuss the current season and where it may be heading in England, Scotland and across Europe in what are troubled and unusual times.
Jan 06, 2021
The story of Leeds United: from the feast to 16 years of solitude
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They were once the kings of England. And they so nearly came close to being the kings of Europe. As time ebbed and flowed, Leeds United would rise once more - twice, in fact - bringing the good days back to Elland Road through Howard Wilkinson and David O'Leary. And then, bang. Sixteen years of solitude. But Leeds are back where they belong today, gracing the Premier League once again thanks to Marcelo Bielsa. The team talk all things Leeds ahead of the new club issue focusing on the Elland Road outfit.

Jan 03, 2021
A tribute to Diego Maradona
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We're all a little bit of Diego Maradona - and that's what makes him so special, so unique. Through his good times and bad, his genius and mistakes, so many of us mere mortals could see ourselves in him. Never has there been a talent quite like El Pibe, and never will be there be a cult like his. The podcast team sit down to discuss the life and time of Maradona ahead of the tribute magazine release.
Jan 03, 2021
The Beautifully Designed Game with Dave Merrell
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In the 11th fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game host Marcus Marritt attempts to keep his cool while talking to the man he describes as the Drew Struzan of the sporting creative world, Dave Merrell. From designing toys to producing world-class visual content for Nike, Adidas, ESPN, The FA and more, Dave talks through the three main loves of his life (outside of family), how he creates bespoke textures, why there is only one colour in Manchester … and getting drunk on your own art.  
Dec 17, 2020
The soulless financial vacuum of modern football
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In our latest Today's Football Times episode, our contemporary podcast, the team go big on the financial vacuum of the modern top-flight game in England, discussing a number of issues where football has and is still changing due to the influence of more and more money.  We also chat Maradona, paying tribute to arguably the greatest of them all.
Dec 10, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Mark Johnson
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In the tenth fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game sits down with the extraordinarily talented and general all-action bundle of creativity that is Mark Johnson. From winning the prestigious D&AD New Blood award in 2009 to his current design role at Umbro, host Marcus Marritt chats with Mark about his typographic series Premiership Legends, working from screen to 3D installation … and presenting Eric Cantona with his own bespoke shirt. 
Dec 06, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Marcus Dilley
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In the ninth fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game sits down with apparel designer, graphic designer, free safety, and founder of Dilley Studio, Marcus Dilley. From the start of his journey in product design to architectural design and now apparel, host Marcus Marritt chats with Marcus about the process behind a kit design brief, working with Major League Soccer, the challenge of stripes, a critique of this season's Norwich City third kit, and whatever happened to long-sleeved kits.
Nov 29, 2020
From triumph to tragedy: the Chapecoense story
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Steven Bell joins the podcast team to talk about his book which details an incredible story of meteoric rise followed by devastating tragedy and the green shoots of recovery and redemption at Chapecoense. This is Steven's story about how he came to fall in love with Brazilian football and ultimately document its biggest tragedy.
Nov 25, 2020
Finding Jack Charlton
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Join Gary, Steven and Stuart as the team speak to documentary maker Gabriel Clarke about his new film featuring the former World Cup winner who went on to transform the Republic of Ireland's international standing in the game, Jack Charlton. The documentary covers his time as manager at three major international tournaments as well as an incredibly poignant look at his final days at home dealing with dementia.
Nov 25, 2020
The great deeds of Marcus Rashford
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In a bonus edition of Today's Football Times, the team discuss Marcus Rashford and his ceaseless endeavours to highlight child poverty and campaign for greater support from the government. We talk about how he's used his platform as a footballer for good, the impact his actions have had, how his efforts have affected the perception of him and football, and what the future holds.
Nov 22, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Matt Pascoe
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In the eighth fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game sits down with sports branding specialist and brains behind the most unique of kit brands, Kit+Bone, Matt Pascoe. From the start of his journey designing the official kit for his hometown club to key insights in the print and production process, host Marcus Marritt chats with Matt about the birth of Bony, sharing kit memories, and how supporting global causes is at the heart of Kit+Bone. 
Nov 22, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Scott McRoy
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In the seventh fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game sits down with the groundbreaking creative talent of Scott McRoy. From producing ad campaigns for football boots, the process of art directing others, how best to use social for sharing, designing kits for computer games vs the physical world, why ‘The Streets Will Never Forget’ … and the small manner of scoring three goals at Anfield.
Nov 16, 2020
Matt Wilkerson: how to develop footballers for MLS and beyond
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Matt Wilkerson is the men's coach at Hanover Collete in Hanover, Indiana. Prior to arriving at Hanover, he was an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator at the University of Kentucky (2003-2011), overseeing the transition of various young stars from collegiate soccer to the professional game, at Major League Soccer and beyond. He opens up on his methods, philosophy and success with host Jon Townsend. 
Nov 16, 2020
Welcome to the brilliant world of PSV
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To accompany the new PSV magazine - made alongside the club and Puma - the podcast team sit down to discuss their memories of the Eindhoven giants, from the greats of the 1970s ad European Cup glory in 1988 to the abundance of world-class strikers and recent successes. 
Nov 09, 2020
The trouble with the handball rule and discord between England and the media
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The podcast team discuss a number of issues brought about by the current interpretation of the handball rules, as well as the troubled relationship between the England national team and the media. There is talk too of the impact of a lack of fans at non-league grounds, plus the great Nobby Stiles, the terrific Marcus Rashford, and bits on Saint Virgil and Jordan Pickford.
Nov 03, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Dave Flanagan
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In the sixth fixture of the new season, The Beautifully Designed Game sits down with the ever adaptable, and always world-class, talent of Dave Flanagan. From his days as a design director to the constant evolution of his visual style, the importance of a professional approach, and working outside of sport with CNN, host Marcus Marritt chats with Dave about his love of the game, how he develops his portfolio, his latest challenge as a football coach and being in the heart of the crowd for that Agüero moment. 
Nov 01, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Javier Arrés
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In the fifth fixture of the new season, The Beautifully Designed Game sits down with the uniquely talented Javier Arrés. From his early days as a goalkeeper in the 1990s, to his incredibly detailed visual toys, fantastical cities, ink drawing to crypto-art, host Marcus Marritt chats with Javier about his heroes of football, how he creates his intensely elaborate art, the politics of Barcelona,  his life as a waiter in the city of Liverpool - serving food to the best of Spanish talent playing for the Reds - and how footballers are not always good tippers!

Oct 26, 2020
The glorious failure of Brazil at the 1982 World Cup
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Our very own Stuart Horsfield joins us to discuss his debut book looking at the beautiful idealism of the Brazil side that captured the hearts and minds of so many at the 1982 World Cup. The podcast team discuss the impact this side had on an impressionable ten-year-old, thoughts on Santana, Zico, Sócrates and co, and yes, Paolo Rossi too, as well as the lasting legacy of this glorious failure, told in rare depth in his brilliant new book.
Oct 19, 2020
Where the cool kids hung out: the chic years of the UEFA Cup
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Our very own Steven Scragg joins us to talk about the follow-up to his Telegraph Sports Book of the Year-nominated Cup Winners' Cup book, A Tournament Frozen In Time. This time it is the UEFA Cup that gets the forensic treatment, as the halcyon days of the two-legged final and the different periods of domination by some of the "cool kids" of European football are explained and contextualised. This is very much literary version of ‘What’s the Story Morning Glory'.
Oct 14, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Phil Delves
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In the fourth fixture of the season, The Beautifully Designed Game podcast sits down with the doyen of football shirt knowledge that is Phil Delves. From his role as content creator at Football Shirt Collective to his own YouTube channel, Phil's Corner, host Marcus Marritt chats with Phil about his visual connection to the game, the magic of South America, embracing kit sponsors, the conundrum of the centralised badge, and celebrating the trend of disruptive kit design.
Oct 13, 2020
The decline of Scotland's national team: how, why and is it terminal?
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In the latest Today's Football Times episode, the podcast team share their thoughts on Scotland and their decline in recent decades. They breakdown a myriad of factors that have contributed to this, how a side that once boasted the world's best is perceived now, and what can be done to address the malaise.
Oct 05, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Federico Manasse
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In the third fixture of the new season, The Beautifully Designed Game podcast sits down with the uber-talented Federico Manasse. From his home city of Milan, Federico joins Marcus Marritt, discussing life balance as a freelance illustrator and content creative at 433, why he loves the red and black of AC Milan, being influenced by the stylings of Asterix and Tintin, the challenge of reactive content in the football world, and remembering the night Kaká tore through Old Trafford.
Oct 01, 2020
The Games People Play: Gary Thacker talks his new football fiction masterpiece
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Our very own Gary Thacker has made his first foray into fiction and uses the beautiful game as the backdrop for his debut novel. Jon Moreton would have made it to the top-flight as a player: he had the mentality and ability, but his body let him down. An old friend, Charlie Broome, comes to the rescue and gives him a break. Managing struggling Spanish amateur side CD Retama, feathers are ruffled: he is mistrusted by the players and stand-in coach, Sophia Garrigues. Can he adapt to life in Spain and turn things around? There are plenty of twists and turns through the season in this outstanding tale of football, love and betrayal.
Sep 28, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Dan Leydon
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In our second fixture of the new season, The Beautifully Designed Game continues with an-depth chat with a true trailblazer in the sporting creative world, Dan Leydon. From his base in Sligo, Ireland, Dan sits down with Marcus Marritt, discussing the events of 2012 that led him to combine his passion for football and drawing, why "it means more" to work for the club he loves, being influenced by Tokyo street fashion, moving to a more project-based approach, learning motion, and why he loves Rafa.
Sep 23, 2020
The murky waters of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
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Over the past few years, we've travelled around the world and back in time to look at the inevitable links between football and politics. As the curtain falls on Political Football, we've jumped into our DeLorean and headed into the future. Join us as we venture into the murky waters and the political implications surrounding the upcoming World Cup in Qatar in 2022. 
Sep 20, 2020
The deception and dodgy deals of Russia's awarding of the 2018 World Cup
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Guided by our guest Matthew Gibbs, we trawl through the traumas and trials of the backdrop of the 2018 World Cup, the first in Eastern Europe. There are tales of deception, deceit and double-dealing, dodgy deals and dirty deeds. How did the World Cup end up in Russia? What issues were ignored, and why? We also look at the activities within the tournament itself and consider if this was the most politically-charged World Cup of all time.
Sep 20, 2020
The political undercurrent that cut through the 2006 World Cup's friendly facade
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With echoes of social unrest and ethnic conflict causing tension in Germany, many thought the 2006 World Cup could be a political disaster for the hosts. After the tournament, however, the organisation, presentation and friendly atmosphere promoted made it an unmitigated success. As our guest Ewan Morgan explains, however, there were so many other things going both before and during the event that gave the 2006 World Cup a number of political undercurrents. 
Sep 20, 2020
The commercialisation of USA 94 that set a future blueprint
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In 1994, the World Cup travelled to the USA. In this episode, we look at a tournament was shaped by the political climate of the time and American culture. If other World Cups had been commercialised, this was another level and would set the framework for so many other tournaments to follow.
Sep 20, 2020
Neville Southall talks social justice, the highs and lows of football and more
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Neville Southall was the last line of defence in Howard Kendall's wonderful Everton side of the 1980s, an iconic figure throughout the decade. His new book is an incredible insight into one of British football's all-time greats, discussing many contemporary topics which impact not only on footballers but on society. Neville joins us to talk even more sense about topics ranging from Adrian Heath to Donald Trump and everything in between.
Sep 15, 2020
The Beautifully Designed Game with Phil Galloway
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Kicking off the new season with an in-depth chat with sporting fine artist Phil Galloway, The Beautifully Designed Game brings you insights from a global squad of creative talent working in the football world. In this first episode, host Marcus Marritt sits down with Phil, discussing life as a full-time artist, his work in launching football kits and boots, illustrating Graeme Souness in a wig on Christmas eve, and how Fido Dido influences his choice of all-time favourite kit.
Sep 13, 2020
The story of Paul Gascoigne in Italy
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Paul Gascoigne's three years at Lazio were nothing but polarising, from the promise and mysticism of the early days to the tragicomedy of the end. Excelling when fit, showcasing his wild talent, but struggling with demons when injured, join the podcast regulars as they speak to Daniel Storey, the author of Gazza in Italy.
Sep 09, 2020
What is the future of the Football League?
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In the latest Today's Football Times episode, the team share their thoughts on the current state of the Football League, and discuss the financial issues surrounding clubs at that level. We discuss the structure and any potential changes, salary caps, TV revenue, financial mismanagement and more.
Sep 07, 2020
Dissecting the wonderful world of Olympique de Marseille
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To celebrate the launch of the Olympique de Marseille magazine, made in conjunction with the club and Puma, the podcast team share their thoughts on the club's greatest players, teams and managers, breaking down the highs and lows of the journey to date. 
Aug 16, 2020
The state of elite European football, its future, and its impact on the rest of the game
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In the latest Today's Football Times episode, the team share their thoughts on the state of elite European football, its future, and its impact on the game at all levels, as well as FFP and super league proposals. They also discuss the recent rise of İstanbul Başakşehir to become Turkish champions, as well as our guests' soapbox moments.

Aug 14, 2020
Blood and Circuses: how post-Soviet nations used football to create unique identities
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Robert O'Connor discusses his book Blood and Circuses. Covering the game and how it was affected by the political upheaval in the former Soviet bloc, Robert takes us on a journey through a collection of nations - old, new and those yet to be confirmed -  seeking an identity through football. His odyssey has created an enjoyable and fascinating account, describing parts of Europe lost to mainstream understanding where football is both a social glue and ethnic definition.
Jul 28, 2020
The FA Cup: its decline, its relevance and how it may be revived
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In the second regular Today's Football Times episode, the podcast team share their thoughts on the FA Cup; its decline, its relevance and how it may be revived, as well as reminiscing about the good old days of the cup final. The team also talk Jack Charlton, Liverpool and Tranmere, among others, in a wide-ranging discussion of current football affairs.
Jul 20, 2020
Conor Nestor discusses a path to coaching glory in Cambodia aged just 36
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Conor Nestor is a UEFA A-licensed coach from Limerick, Ireland. At just 36, he has coached in his native Ireland, the US, Australia, and is currently the head coach of Svay Rieng, a professional team and the current champions of Cambodia. He's a former Development Officer with the Football Association of Ireland and team coach with Limerick's under-19 team.
Jun 25, 2020
The return of the Premier League: what does it mean across the football pyramid?
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In a brand new podcast, Today's Football Times, the podcast team go contemporary as they convene once a month to discuss the going on in the sport today. In this episode, they discuss the Premier League's return and the implications surrounding it, including empty stadia, player fitness, relegation and lower leagues, and some long-term changes to the product we’d like to see come out of this unprecedented situation. There is also a look at what else is going on at These Football Times.

Jun 11, 2020
Ray Power talks player and coach development across the world
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Ray Power is an experienced and innovative coach, the author of various books who's worked as an academy manager in the UK, Africa and Ireland. He joined host Jon Townsend to delve into the world of player and coach development, sharing unique insights in his philosophy and more. 
Jun 11, 2020
The rise and fall of the Danish Dynamite
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This episode of the Centre Circle covers one of the most celebrated football books. Danish Dynamite features the history of the Danish national team that exploded into football’s consciousness in the mid-1980s with stars such as Michael Laudrup, Preben Elkjær and Jesper Olsen. Dressed in that uber-cool shirts, they thrilled and entranced with some magical football. Where did they come from, what changed to make them succeed, and what happened afterwards?

Jun 05, 2020
Elite coach and player development from the UK to Mexico, with Jess Ibrom
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Jess Ibrom is a professional coach holding a UEFA and USSF A License with more than  20 years of experience as a high-performance coach, elite youth developer, and coach developer. More than 20 players coached by Jess have gone onto to play elite professional and international football. From the UK and US to Mexico and New Zealand, his roles have been as varied as challenging. He sat down with host Jon Townsend to discuss all things development.
May 26, 2020
The story of Euro 2012 and 2016: Spain's zenith, Portugal's fortune and bloated tournaments
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Bringing the story right up to date, the sixth and final part of our European Championship series centres on 2012 and 2016, from Spain's version of Mexico 70 at Euro 2012 to the pragmatic, perhaps fortunate, route that Portugal took to glory at Euro 2016. 
May 20, 2020
Euro 2004 and 2008: the shock of Greece and the splendour of Spain
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Fresh from the success of co-hosted Euro 2000, the 16-nation tournament had finally found its own personality, but the ethos of the winners of 2004 and 2008 couldn't be more different. From the pragmatism and shock of Greece in 2004 to the expansion and awe of Spain in 2008, this is part five of the European Championship series. 
May 11, 2020
The story of the 1978 World Cup: violence, protests, controversy and a stunning home glory
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In what might be the best Political Football podcast yet, it's difficult to imagine that any World Cup tournament before or since has been as politically-charged as Argentina 1978. Amid the carnage of a violent military junta, with talks of potential boycotts and campaigns across the world eventually failing to persuade FIFA to change venues, the 1978 World Cup was played out in the most febrile of atmospheres. Add in speculation about fixed results, historical antagonisms, heroic protests, and a home victory reinforcing the military authority, and this World Cup had everything.
May 04, 2020
Rui Marques talks about his journey from Fantasy Football success to the pro game
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Once an economist with a passion for football, after Rui Marques won two high-profile Fantasy Football competitions, it opened a door into professional scouting with the likes of Sporting Kansas and Legia Warsaw. He discusses his unique journey in the game.
Apr 28, 2020
The politically-charged story of the 1974 World Cup
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The 1974 World Cup in West Germany was one of the most politically charged tournaments of all. In this episode, Steven Scragg talks through how politics decided the hosts and which stadiums would be used, the iconic confrontation between East and West Germany, competing countries under the heel of dictatorships, the internal politics of squads, and old enmities hanging on from 30 years earlier.
Apr 23, 2020
The best of Arsenal, from a 1980s rebirth, George Graham's '89 pinnacle, and Wenger's wonders
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To celebrate the release of the Arsenal magazine, sub-editor and lifelong supporter Will Sharp joined the podcast to discuss Arsenal's place in the game and their history, from the legends of a bygone era through George Graham's success and Arsène Wenger's revolution. 
Apr 17, 2020
Part 2: Mike Keeney discusses coaching abroad, club and national team dynamics and more
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In part two, Mike Keeney, assistant coach for IFKH of Finland’s Veikkausliiga, joins Jon Townsend to discuss his journey as a professional coach. Mike shares his philosophy and discusses his insights into topics such as coaching education abroad, culture and football, club and international team dynamics, and the importance of continuous learning and mentorship for coaches of all levels.
Apr 16, 2020
The North Korean paradox, African boycott and European skullduggery: the politicised World Cup of 1966
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In 1966, the World Cup arrived in England and, for many, the enduring memories of that tournament revolve around the final, Geoff Hurst, and  Nobby's dancing, but there was far more to '66. Paul McParlan talks us the North Korea paradox, an African boycott, European skulduggery, shady referees, a London-centric emphasis, and the first globally marketed tournament - not forgetting a mention or two of greyhounds and an inquisitive dog.
Apr 11, 2020
Mike Keeney discusses coaching abroad, club and national team dynamics and more
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In part one of a two-part series, Mike Keeney, assistant coach for IFKH of Finland’s Veikkausliiga, joins Jon Townsend to discuss his journey as a professional coach. Mike shares his philosophy and discusses his insights into topics such as coaching education abroad, culture and football, club and international team dynamics, and the importance of continuous learning and mentorship for coaches of all levels.
Apr 07, 2020
The story of Euro 96 and Euro 2000, and new peaks for the tournament
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Basking in sunshine, Euro 96 would prove to be the biggest and best European Championship yet - for four years, anyway. England, Holland and France would cry, while the Czech Republic won the hearts and a defiant Germany secured glory. Four years later, a brilliant edition would end in golden goal glory as a quite superb France, led by Zinedine Zidane, won in the final against a popular Italy. This is the story of Euros 96 and 2000.
Mar 23, 2020
The Celtic magazine: in celebration of the greats, the pioneers and the winners
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In conjunction with the Celtic magazine's release, our senior writers get together to discuss the club's history; from the early pioneers and Lions of Lisbon, to centenary glory, fall, rise again and modern dominance. This is the story of Celtic, a club like no other.
Mar 16, 2020
How The Red Project aims to improve the fan experience, with Emma Case
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Football isn't just a sport - it's a highly personal life journey for many. An experience shared with loved ones and strangers alike. The Lob speaks to Emma Case, daughter of Liverpool legend Jimmy, about her brilliant brainchild The Red Project, one she hopes will collate the visual and spoken memories of Liverpool supporters for the wider good. 
Mar 08, 2020
The story of Flamengo 1980/81: Zico, Coutinho and the intercontinental kings
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Flamengo 1980/81: the story behind the rise to continental and global glory of Cláudio Coutinho's Flamengo. Previous state championships paled into insignificance with the rise of a side containing Júnior, Leandro and the great Zico. Their dominance culminated in their first Copa Libertadores title and a comprehensive demolition of Bob Paisley's European champions, Liverpool, in that famous 3-0 Intercontinental Cup victory in Tokyo. 
Mar 02, 2020
The politics of the 1938 World Cup, played with global war on the horizon
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For many football fans, the little-known 1938 World Cup is one often shaded in darkness. The last tournament before the Second World War was brimful of political interference, influence and infiltration. In this episode, we review the tournament and, given the ongoing situation in the world at the time, consider how politics' chess game inevitably cast its shadow over the finals.
Feb 12, 2020
The glory and the failure of a brilliant Netherlands in 1974
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The Netherlands in 1974 is the story of Rinus Michels' beautiful but ultimately heartbreaking World Cup campaign. With Johan Cruyff inspiring a side dripping with talent, boasting a style of play that bewitched the world, the Netherlands would come so close yet agonisingly so far from etching their name into history as perhaps the greatest world champions of all.


Feb 10, 2020
Euro 88 and Euro 92: from Dutch peaks and Soviet genius to Denmark's improbable glory
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The last eight-team tournaments, and the polar opposites of one another, after the stylistic excellence of the Netherlands and the Soviet Union at Euro 88 came the largely sterile football of Euro 92, a tournament and era topped off by Denmark's improbable rise to glory and the fall of the Iron Curtain. 
Feb 04, 2020
How the 1930 World Cup changed the face of football and politics
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Do you think that politic and finance influencing the World Cup is a new thing? In the first episode of Political Football: World Cup, we talk to Paul Mc Parlan about how the whole show got underway in 1930. Who promoted the idea and why did we need a global tournament? What came of the inaugural event in Uruguay and how was the game forever changed?
Jan 31, 2020
A chat with Abraham Klein, the man who refereed some of the biggest games in history
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Abraham Klein is a man who had the best view of some of football's greatest fixtures. Refereeing at three World Cups, and withdrawing from the 1974 finals based on security grounds, Klein was in the middle for Brazil-England in 1970, Italy-Argentina in 1978 and perhaps the greatest World Cup game in history, Brazil-Italy in 1982. The Israeli shares his memories and opinions from Gentile to Banks, VAR to military dictatorships, and everything in between.
Jan 27, 2020
Euro 1980 and 1984: a new format and a new era of continental brilliance
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While Euro 1980 has long since faded to black, it was the first of the new tournament formats as West Germany, fired on by Klaus Allofs, triumphed over Belgium. Then, in 1984, the greatest individual showing at the finals, courtesy of Michel Platini's scarcely believable nine goals, would send a superb France team to their maiden international honour. 
Jan 22, 2020
The Liverpool magazine: exclusive audio from our Jamie Carragher interview as we discuss the club
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Liverpool, with a rich, unique and storied history, to go alongside their hypnotic contemporary resurgence, meant that gravity was always going to lead These Football Times to a magazine in their honour. Featuring exclusive audio from our interview with Jamie Carragher, join Stuart Horsfield, Steven Scragg, Gary Thacker and Jeff Goulding as they discuss our upcoming release.
Jan 19, 2020
Liverpool, Istanbul and the epic 2004/05 Champions League campaign
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Sarah Starkey talks to us about Liverpool's 2005 Champions League campaign, culminating in that epic comeback in Istanbul against AC Milan. From an inauspicious start that almost ended in elimination at the group stage to what is arguably the greatest European Cup final of all, this is the story of how a Steven Gerrard-inspired side cemented a young girl's love of Liverpool.
Jan 14, 2020
The European Championship 1960-1976: the old format, coin-toss wins, Panenka and lost glories
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The European Championship is a constant shape-shifting entity, though first five finals were only four-nation events. From forgotten legends of yesteryear to coin-toss triumphs and Antonin Panenka's genius, this is the story of the tournament from 1960 to 1976 - part one of a new series discussing dissecting all finals ahead of Euro 2020.
Jan 08, 2020
Inside the weird and wonderful world of Club Tijuana, Mexico's maverick outsiders
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As well as having a volatile political history, Mexico is one of the world's most passionate football countries, so there's little surprise that these two components of the North American nation combine. In this episode, we draw a focus on Club Tijuana as Edd Norval gives us a guided tour of the side, its colourful owner, and it's rapid rise through the league structure. We discuss its history, relations with other clubs and fans, and how a location near the border with the US has created unique opportunities for development.
Jan 01, 2020
How Hungary's Magical Magyars wowed football against a backdrop of uncertainty at home
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Hungary's Magical Magyars of the 1950s are one of the iconic sides in the history of world football. Their scintillating play took them to a World Cup final and a long unbeaten run, plus that infamous demolition of English superiority in 1953. Back at home, though, Hungary was anything but a happy place. Author and long-time Hungarian resident David Bailey guides us through the backdrop to those cherry-shirted magicians, looking at the various political powers of the time and how they influenced the development of Hungary's greatest generation.
Dec 29, 2019
How can CONIFA shape football's future?
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We talk to Justin Walley, the president of CONIFA Africa and member of the organisation's Executive Committee, about the work they carry out and how the inevitable and often compromising tentacles of politics is something they seek to avoid. Following discussions about FIFA and some of their confederations in recent months, how is CONIFA different and what can they do to shape football's future?
Dec 23, 2019
'I can't help falling in love': accepting the changing face of football as it moves through the eras
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For many of us, football is more than a sport. It can act as an anchor, in as pronounced a manner as our loved ones. More important than work, food and sleep, there is a generation of football watchers who straddle two different eras of the game - and they sometimes struggle to quantify their love. They cling to an era when the game hooked them, yet despair where it is today. It is within this spirit that we speak to the author of the wonderful book I Can't Help Falling In Love With You: Growing up as a Football Addict, Greg Whitaker.
Dec 19, 2019
How populist politics is changing the world of football
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Across the world, populist politics - the idea that society is separated into two groups at odds with one another: the "pure people" and the "corrupt elite" - is often centred on placing the blame on what is perceived to be outside influence, and it's becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Unsurprisingly, this is having an effect on football and how the game is both perceived and being used. What are the implications for football and can it lead to a return to the darker days of the game?
Dec 11, 2019
Stateside Soccer: a history of the beautiful game in the United States
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Football in America has been eclectic and polarising from the very start. From the pre-Wall Street Crash boom to Major League Soccer, via the incorrigible NASL, it has a marvellous story to tell, which so much of the world is unaware of. The Lob speaks to Tom Scholes who tells that story in his book Stateside Soccer.
Dec 08, 2019
The controversy and corruption of CONMEBOL
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CONMEBOL is one of FIFA's six continental confederations and, as they cover the South American region, it's also one of the most important, having World Cup winners Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, amongst other countries, plus the Copa Libertadores, within its remit. However, a never-ending mist of controversy, corruption and maladministration swirls around its activities. South American football expert Frederick Clayton guides us through the oft-tangled web of the organisation's activities and discusses its past, present and possible future.
Nov 21, 2019
Revolution and rebuilds: AC Milan and the two glorious decades between 1987 and 2007
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When Arrigo Sacchi stepped through the San Siro doors in 1987, AC Milan would never be the same again. Through his glorious revolution, Capello's evolution, the doldrums of the late 1990s, and the 2000s rebuild under Carlo Ancelotti, the Rossoneri blessed football with some of its finest moments for 20 years. To celebrate the launch of the AC Milan magazine, we caught up with expert Matt Santangelo.
Nov 19, 2019
The Mighty Magyars: Hungary's famed generation of Puskás, Kocsis and Hidegkuti
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The team that humbled Wembley and taught England that there was an entirely different footballing world out there, The Lob talks to David Bailey, author of the excellent book Magical Magyars, all about the indelible Hungary side that was so brilliant led by Ferenc Puskás yet inexplicably failed to win the 1954 World Cup.
Nov 14, 2019
Mussolini and the unique propaganda of the 1934 World Cup
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The 1934 World Cup is considered one of the most controversial in the history of the tournament. Held in Italy as Benito Mussolini's fascists were looking to cement control over the country and drive forward their idea of nationalism, it was used as a unique propaganda tool. Dubious refereeing, an influx of non-Italians to the national team, and dodgy organisation were just a few of the incidents. And away from the pitch, things were even more extreme.
Nov 05, 2019
The glory, trials and tragedy of Nat Lofthouse, one of England's finest footballers
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Nat Lofthouse is a legendary figure in English football. In this episode, we chat with Matt Clough about his biography of the talismanic striker. We look at the environment that made "Lofty" the man and player he was, his success, trials and tragedy at Bolton, and his career wearing the white of England.
Oct 31, 2019
My Side: how England's U17 World Cup win restored belief in domestic player development
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ITV and BT Sport commentator Seb Hutchinson recalls how a team boasting Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Rhian Brewster went to India and inspired a nation by lifting the Under-17 World Cup. Playing with a confidence and freedom seldom seen by any England side, it was a team and a tournament which restored the belief in the domestic game's ability to produce outstanding talent.
Oct 27, 2019
Liverpool's iconic 2000/01 campaign, feat. McAllister, Alavés and Owen and more
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Internationally-acclaimed comedian Ashley Blaker recalls a season of epic gluttony as Liverpool lifted the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, the latter two after thrilling finals against Arsenal and Alavés. With derby glory aplenty thanks to Gary McAllister's legendary winner and a squad that was as gifted as it was maverick, it remains one of Liverpool's most iconic campaigns.
Oct 20, 2019
The Frying Pan of Spain: the divisions and unity of Sevilla and Real Betis
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Out on the southern tip of Spain, Andalusia is an outpost for football in the country, and while other clubs from the region may rise and fall, Sevilla and Real Betis - both based in Seville - remain giants. Indeed, when they play each other, El Gran Derbi is a game like no other. In this podcast, Colin Millar joins us to discusses his book The Frying Pan of Spain, which details the rivalry that both divides and unites the city, going back to the formation of the clubs, their histories, successes and failures.
Oct 13, 2019
My Side: how Arsène Wenger's fearless Arsenal became the iconic Invincibles
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Chris Weir talks to us about Arsenal's historic Invincibles campaign, which saw them match Preston North End's record of going an entire league season unbeaten. From a ridiculed statement of intent by Arsène Wenger to a nerve-wracking final day victory at Highbury, this is the story of the most historic Premier League campaign.
Oct 06, 2019
My Side: The fear, ecstasy and emotion of West Ham's final season at the Boleyn Ground
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A season which started with fear and trepidation would become one of West Ham's most successful in recent times. While 2015/16 was dominated by Leicester's title win, Danny Lewis recalls West Ham's emotional final campaign at the Boleyn Ground. Losing just three home games all season, it all culminated in a momentous night under the lights as the Irons beat Manchester United in the final match at Upton Park - before the lights went out for good.
Sep 30, 2019
My Side: The impossible dream of Manchester United's iconic treble in 1999
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Dan Williamson joins us to discuss Manchester United's iconic treble. A season which started on the back of Arsenal winning the double, signalling a potential shift in power, and David Beckham being vilified for his sending off in the 1998 World Cup would see Alex Ferguson guided his side past the best in Europe to record British football's greatest triumph - and leave a generation with unforgettable memories.
Sep 26, 2019
A tournament frozen in time: the wonderful randomness of the Cup Winners' Cup
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It was a tournament like no other, called the awkward sibling of the European Cup and the UEFA Cup. These Football Times' Steven Scragg talks about his brilliant debut book chronicling the history of the Cup Winners' Cup, and the wonderful randomness that made it such an engrossing, unpredictable and much-missed tournament. Head around Europe as he takes you on a tour of unrelenting nostalgia.
Sep 23, 2019
How Guardiola's Barcelona produced a season of exquisite refinement in 2010/11
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Tom Scholes talks to us about how Pep Guardiola's Barcelona plan was crystallised into a single season which saw them finish above José Mourinho's Real Madrid in the league, as well as defeating them over two classic semi-final fixtures to set up a date at Wembley against Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. It was a season of domination from a team that continued to refine the modern game.
Sep 16, 2019
Natural: the story of Jimmy Greaves, England's greatest goalscoring talent
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Jimmy Greaves is arguably the greatest goalscoring talent English football has ever known, a precocious teenager at Chelsea who endured a doomed transfer to AC Milan but who later became a legend at Tottenham, battling alcoholism after retiring. We talk to David Tossell about his book on Greaves, Natural, and the striker's life.
Sep 02, 2019
Bottled: the relationship between alcohol and football, from sponsors to players
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Alcohol and football are strange but longstanding bedfellows. From the earliest origins of the game, the financial support of brewers and distillers has driven development. However, this relationship has hardly been chronicled. Bottled, by Ben Roberts, fills that gap and he joins us to discuss how alcohol has been and remains an important, divisive and tragic element in football.
Aug 29, 2019
My Side: the story behind Telé Santana's glorious failure with Brazil at the 1982 World Cup
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An in-depth discussion and misty-eyed reminisce about one of the most exciting and exhilarating team's to ever play the game. Scoring 15 goals in five games, with each one a work of art, Brazil were the world's favourite side and seemed destined to win the World Cup playing a unique brand of Futebol Arte. Then they played Italy in one of the greatest World Cup fixtures of all ...
Aug 26, 2019
The conflicted world of politics and football in Palestine
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In what must be the most powerful and poignant episodes of the Political Football to date, Uri Levy takes us into the conflicted world of politics and football in Palestine. We discuss how the seemingly intractable issues of sovereignty, security, independence and liberty play out within the game across what is perhaps the most chronically troubled area of the globe. We look at players, clubs, governing bodies and fans, as Uri explains how football has developed in an environment overshadowed by conflict.
Aug 15, 2019
Another Bloody Saturday: a journey to the heart and soul of lower league football
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Searching for games that offer the warm glow of his years spent watching Salisbury with his late grandfather, we caught up with author Mat Guy to discuss his fantastic book, Another Bloody Saturday, which delves into the essence of football away from the clean, crisp, wealthy world of the Premier League. Just why do people head out on windswept Saturday afternoons and wet Wednesday evenings to watch lower and non-league teams play?
Aug 12, 2019
Bilbao, Athletic Club and the tricky world of Basque politics
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In the Basque city of Bilbao, supporting Athletic is less a sporting affiliation than an act of faith. Their policy of Basque-only players is a badge of honour, one that has cemented the club in the affections of the proud locals. Talking about Athletic without involving the politics of the region is a forlorn task, so we enlisted the help of Dan Parry, who's lived and taught in Bilbao for years.
Aug 08, 2019
Gunshots and Goalposts: author Ben Roberts talks Northern Irish football past and present
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The history of football in Northern Ireland is cross-cut with societal divides defined by religion and politics. Throughout the nation's turbulent history, the game has been buffeted - at times engulfed - by the waves of passion. It has also provided an arena where reconciliation, as well as rancour, can be displayed. Ben Roberts discusses his wonderfully empathetic book, Gunshots and Goalposts, which offers an accessible history to football in Northern Ireland.
Aug 04, 2019
Political Football: why social turmoil isn't stopping Venezuela from becoming a footballing force
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Political Football heads back to South America to take a look at one of the lesser footballing lights of the continent. Political turmoil in Venezuela is nothing new, but how that impacts on football may just be. A country of 32 million had, until the 2019 Copa America, struggled to make any meaningful impression on the continent's biggest sport, but that's now changing. Baseball's supremacy is being threatened as football elbows its way into the peoples' consciousness and politics takes a hand, thanks in no small part to a certain Diego Maradona.
Jul 29, 2019
How can women's football fulfil its potential? Lynsey Hooper plots a path
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The Women's World Cup gave another boost to the growing momentum in women's football, as the success of the Lionesses captured the imagination of so many football fans, both male and female. Indeed, the semi-final between England and the USA produced the BBC's best viewing figures for the year so far. With women's football on a steep upward trajectory., Lynsey Hooper joined us to discuss how the game can fulfil its potential.
Jul 26, 2019
Remembering Subbuteo: the iconic game of so many childhoods
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Some lost limbs, even heads; others just pride. Subbuteo was far more than just a game: it was a defining memento, a living organism, for a generation of children long before FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer.
Jul 11, 2019
The story of football's lost wonderkids, with author Ryan Baldi
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Every club can boast one: the gifted youngster who defied expectations by not becoming the next George Best or the next Paul Gascoigne. Fated for greatness, only to fall by the wayside. On the latest episode of The Lob, we speak to author and journalist Ryan Baldi about his book The Next Big Thing, where he collaborated with a number of current and former players to tell the story of football's lost wonderkids.
Jul 03, 2019
The violence and corruption of Indonesian football: a game in a world of its own
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Professional football in Indonesia may be relatively new, but its impact on society and politics has been immediate and far-reaching. Clubs owned by the elite in search of a laundered image, violent ultras that have come to dominate, and rampant corruption all form part of the game. Throw in a government that sees football as a diversion from its ills and you have a heady brew.
Jun 30, 2019
James Hendicott talks CONIFA and the untold story of the alternative World Cup
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Author James Hendicott, the man behind the excellent CONIFA: the untold story of the alternative World Cup, joins Stuart Horsfield and Jordan Florit to discuss one of the game's most intriguing tournaments, bringing together displaced people and teams in a show of solidarity and opportunity markedly different from the world of FIFA.
Jun 26, 2019
My Side: how Bob Paisley's 1978/79 Liverpool team set a new bar in English football
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An in-depth discussion with Steven Scragg and Jeff Goulding on how reigning champions Liverpool - led by Bob Paisley and featuring a star-studded line-up - overcame defeat in the first round of the European Cup to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest to produce a domestic season of such quality that it remains one of the greatest in English football history.
Jun 23, 2019
My Side: How Howard Kendall's Everton broke Liverpool's stranglehold on the domestic game in 1984/85
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Senior writer Paul Mc Parlan, who watched Everton all season, discusses how Howard Kendall’s Toffees progressed from surprise FA Cup winners in 1984 to dominating the First Division, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and narrowly missing out on the treble. A side full of youth and talent, spearheaded by the irrepressible And Gray and Graeme Sharp, this is the story of an Everton team like no other.
Jun 16, 2019
The Maradona movie: an exclusive interview with director Asif Kapadia
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Academy Award-winning director and the man behind Senna and Amy joins the Lob to discuss his new film Maradona, and in-depth insight into the Argentine's turbulent time in Naples with Napoli.
Jun 09, 2019
How football became a potent political tool before and after World War Two
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After previously focusing on World War One, author and journalist David Díaz Bejarano returns to the series to discuss the interaction of football and politics before, during and after World War Two. We examine how the changes in the game in the inter-war years made football a potent political tool for the different ideologies as war approached, the way the football and footballers were often manipulated as pawns during the conflict, and how both on the battlefield and football field heroic stances were taken by those in the game to kick back against the established order.
Jun 04, 2019
Out of the Shadows: England's 1982 World Cup story
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The 1982 World Cup was a tournament of legendary highs, great games, wonderful goals and endless controversy. From Brazil's Ginga and Italy's catenaccio to the swagger of France and the machine of West Germany, for those who watched it, it remains a finals that England, too, should have excelled at, boasting a superb squad. Join Stuart Horsfield and Steven Scragg as they talk to Gary Jordan about his excellent book, Out Of The Shadows.
May 21, 2019
Recalling the great FA Cup finals and where the competition lost itself
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The FA Cup final, once the centrepiece of the football season and the game kids dreamed of scoring the winning goal in, was a unique match for many in the UK and beyond. Now largely an afterthought, join Stuart Horsfield, Steven Scragg, Aidan Williams and Dan Williamson as they recall their favourite finals and where the competition lost itself.
May 14, 2019
How football remained relevant and progressed during the devastation of World War One
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Author and journalist David Díaz Bejarano focuses on the interaction of football and politics before, during and after World War One. How did the global game continue, and progress, during the greatest conflict the planet had ever known? From women's football and the heroes who died in conflict, to using the sport as a propaganda tool, this is how the game remained relevant during the devastation.
May 06, 2019
My Side: how Spain overcame their demons to lift the 2010 World Cup
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With history weighing them down and defeat in the opening game, the world's best team, Spain - champions at Euro 2008 - were expected to crumble at the 2010 World Cup, the first in Africa. But they would rise to the challenge, becoming one of the greatest modern winners, cementing a generation of brilliant stars into folklore. Journalist and author Euan McTear recalls Spain's greatest vintage for My Side.
May 02, 2019
My Side: how Ajax's class of '73, led by Cruyff, completed a hat-trick of European Cups
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An in-depth discussion on Ajax's third successive European Cup-winning campaign for My Side, a celebration of the best teams we've ever seen. What impact did the departure of Rinus Michels to Barcelona and the arrival of Ștefan Kovács have on Europe's best team? How good was Johan Cruyff and his support cast? This is the story of how Ajax completed their domination of the continent in the early 1970s
Apr 25, 2019
How contemporary politics in Spain may alter the nation's footballing landscape
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The Political Football podcast launches into series three with a look at contemporary Spain and, in particular, the issue of potential independence for Catalunya. Expertly guided and advised by Madrid-based journalist and author Euan McTear, we discuss how current affairs have affected Spanish football and, should the independence movement triumph, what the implications may be for Barcelona and other clubs in the region, LaLiga and the national team.
Apr 23, 2019
My Side: in celebration of Newcastle's swashbuckling 1995/96 vintage
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Welcome to a new series - My Side - discussing writers' and fans' greatest teams over the years. First up is Newcastle's 1995/96 vintage, examining their thrilling if ultimately doomed exploits in the Premier League and what events led to this most iconic season. Who were the key protagonists? From Les Ferdinand's metronomic goalscoring to Kevin Keegan's "love it" speech, and arguably the greatest Premier League game, this is the story through senior writer Aidan Williams' eyes.
Apr 17, 2019
Remembering Thomas 'Mad Dog' Gravesen with author Chris Sweeney
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Thomas Gravesen was loved by the supporters of the teams he served, and underappreciated by the wider breadth of football. In the late-1990s he was part of a resurgent Hamburg midfield, before switching to the Premier League with Everton and eventually gaining a shock move to Real Madrid. Part of the Denmark side that made the finals of Euros 2000 and 2004, he also went to the 2002 World Cup. Energetic and eccentric, Gravesen is the subject matter of the latest book to be discussed in the Centre Circle, the work of prolific journalist and author Chris Sweeney.
Apr 14, 2019
Saturday, 3pm: author Daniel Gray talks 50 delights of modern football
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Author Daniel Gray returns to discuss another of his evocative books. After a nostalgic ramble through football in bygone days with Black Boots & Football Pinks, we bring things up to date as Saturday, 3pm allows us to delve into the delights of the modern game. From the arrival of the new season’s fixture lists to local players making good and visiting grounds for the first time, to final-day shenanigans, join us as we stroll through Gray’s 50 delights of football today.
Apr 11, 2019
Euro 2020 or the UEFA Nations League? A debate about international football on the continent
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With the Euro 2020 qualifiers about to begin - six months later than traditionally the case due to the advent of the polarising Nation League - what's better for the continental game's fans, players and clubs? Should we advocate change or stick to the traditional, successful tournament-style qualifiers and finals?
Mar 17, 2019
The murky world of African academies who exclusively sell talent to Europe
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To round off series two of Political Football, we move away from the connection between football and politics in specific countries in favour of a wider focus of the subject, examining at the growth of football academies in Africa. Are they beneficial for talented young African footballers, helping them to progress their careers and find fame and fortune in the richer football countries of the world, or just another example of exploitation endemic in capitalist societies? Does their purpose stunt domestic development in Africa?
Mar 11, 2019
Justin Walley: the man whose coaching odyssey is unlike any other in football
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Justin Walley has enjoyed a footballing odyssey like few others. As well as attending six World Cups, six European Championships, two Copa Americas, and having lived in eight different countries and visited 125, he has founded a football club in Latvia and developed a successful women's team there. He's since joined CONIFA and managed an international team, before taking Matabeleland to the CONIFA World Football Cup against the hair-raising tale of being in Zimbabwe as Robert Mugabe's regime fell.
Mar 04, 2019
Welcome to the world of Peruvian football, from the scintillating to the scandalous
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For many fans, Peru are the hipster team of various World Cups. The iconic white shirts with the broad red sash are instantly recognisable and conjure up memories of great players from the past. Beneath that superficial veneer, though, there's a world of intrigue as politics and football mix to produce an intoxicating cocktail on a par with many other South American countries. Join expert Peter Galindo as he guides us through the murky waters of the domestic game in Peru and reveals the bribery, corruption and seething political intrigue redolent in football.
Mar 01, 2019
Jeff Goulding talks Stanley Park Story, the benchmark for modern football faction
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Crossing football fact with fictional is an art form in itself, which few authors can pull off. A genre popularised by Nick Hornby's iconic Fever Pitch and continued adeptly by Mr Shankly's Photograph, The Damned United and Red or Dead, join our regular hosts as they talk to Jeff Goulding, writer of the brilliant Stanley Park Story, the modern benchmark and successor to the football "faction" greats.
Feb 25, 2019
Football in Egypt: the nation that defines the relationship between politics, society and football
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We talk to Uri Levy, the founder of BabaGol, about Egyptian football, a country that defines the intricate relationship between politics, society and the beautiful game, from club level to reverence for the national team's favourite sons. How did the Arab Spring change football in the country and what does the future hold in Egypt?
Feb 20, 2019
Managerial rivalries in the 1990s: Keegan, Dalglish, Ferguson, Wenger and more
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Bringing our managerial rivalries series to a close, we move to the 1990s, a decade that began with the Dalglish-Graham head-to-head seemingly set to dominate to the century’s end. Swiftly, however, with Dalglish abdicating his throne at Anfield and Graham falling at Highbury, Alex Ferguson came to the fore, where he was challenged for supremacy by the likes of Wilkinson, Dalglish again, Keegan and Wenger.
Feb 18, 2019
The socio-political influence that makes up the threads of Northern Irish club football
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We return to Northern Ireland in the company of Ben Roberts to explore the various clubs based there and examine how history, location and fan base have formed the backdrop to their identity. Allegiances to either unionist or nationalist causes, Protestant or Catholic faith, and family heritage all play a part in the interweaving threads of political influence that join together to make up the fabric of the region and both define and refine the identity of the football clubs there.
Feb 07, 2019
A history of the League Cup: a tournament that once had the power to change the course of history
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The League Cup, with its countless changes of sponsorship and trophy, is a tournament has been a part of the English football calendar for almost 60 years, within which time it has been loved and scorned in equal measure, from the early years when many clubs opted not to take part, through its 1970s and 80s heyday, to an era where the top clubs give it a near-scant regard. However, the League Cup has been a stepping stone to greater successes for some, while upon occasion it has arguably changed the course of football history.
Feb 05, 2019
Author Lionel Birnie talks Graham Taylor: the revolutionary, the saviour and the vilified
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A polarising figure who became an icon at some of the clubs he passed through, the game sadly lost Graham Taylor over two years ago. A revolutionary at Lincoln and Watford and a saviour at Aston Villa, Taylor was vilified during his time as England manager, before the peaks and troughs of a spell at Wolves and return visits to Vicarage Road and Villa Park. Beyond coaching, Taylor won a new army of admirers through punditry. Lionel Birnie, the man who worked extensively with him on his autobiography, Graham Taylor: In His Own Words, joins us to discuss the humble Englishman.
Feb 03, 2019
Spanish football in the Franco years
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Following the Spanish Civil War, Francisco Franco’s nationalist forces took control of the country and introduced a reactionary government, centred on traditional values, the church and a centrally dominated, unified state. His dictatorship lasted until his death in 1975, and in that time all of Spanish life came under the purview of his Movimiento Nacional. Football was no different. In this pod, we discuss the implications for players, clubs and the national team during these turbulent times. It's a tale of contrasts and divisions, exploring how football struggled to survive sociological upheavals, an autocratic dictatorship and how the regime wrapped itself around the glory of Real Madrid and La Roja.
Jan 28, 2019
Kevin George, footballer, author and expert, delves into the psychology of football
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Kevin George is a former professional footballer who played for West Ham, Charlton and Lincoln. After finishing his playing career, he took courses in counselling and developed an interest in the human mind and behaviour. Kevin joins us to discuss his book Soccology, which examines the behaviour, psychology and emotional intelligence through the words of former and current professional footballers, digging deep into the psychology of what it means to work within football.
Jan 23, 2019
How will the divisive new political landscape in Brazil affect football?
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As well as being the home of Jogo Bonito, Brazil has a history of political discord that so often in the past has impacted on football. The recent election of Jair Bolsonaro suggests a fundamental change in the political outlook and social attitudes of the nation, and it seems inevitable that this will impact on the game. Indeed, a number of famous Brazilian footballers voiced their support for Bolsonaro in the election, while others, both players and fan groups, have spoken out against him. How will this seismic political shift affect Brazilian football?
Jan 20, 2019
Adam Summerton gives an insight into the unique world of a commentator
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What is life like for a commentator? How do they prepare for one of the most important and iconic roles in sports coverage? Adam Summerton, from BT Sport, UEFA and talkSPORT, gives us the lowdown on his day-to-day, the nuances between radio and television coverage, and the anecdotes of a career ranging from the Champions League to the Conference North.
Jan 13, 2019
How Liverpool's dominance was expertly challenged by various managerial masterminds in the 1980s
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The 1980s were a decade dominated by Liverpool, where they were led in the dugout by Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish, all of whom kept the Anfield empire rolling toward regular league titles. Yet they were constantly challenged by the rise of an unexpected rival, be from Ron Saunders' Aston Villa and Howard Kendall's Everton to George Graham's Arsenal and Brian Clough's at Nottingham Forest. This is the story of a remarkable decade for English football.
Jan 10, 2019
Football in the 1970s and 80s, the Thatcher government, and a clash of classes
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In the first episode of series two of Political Football, we examine the UK in the 1970s and 80s, the tensions between football, its supporters and the establishment, and the Thatcher government. It was a time of disorder in society and football as economic and social cohesion came under pressure. What caused this and what were the effects on the game? Policing, hooliganism, tragedy and class all come under the microscope.
Jan 06, 2019
How savage social and political upheaval shaped football management in the 1970s
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The savage 1970s was a decade in which social and political upheaval was equally matched in the football world. As a generation of iconic managers stood down midway through the 1970s while at the peak of their powers, the floor was left to Bob Paisley and Brian Clough to duel out the second half of the decade in England.
Jan 03, 2019
Managerial rivalries in the 1960s: the decade that redefined the role of a manager
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The 1960s was the decade in which the role of the football manager changed dramatically. With more autonomy from directors, the giants of English management grew quickly, becoming icons still celebrated to this day. Potts, Nicholson, Ramsey, Catterick, Shankly, Busby, Mercer, Revie and Greenwood all battled it out for the honours, in what was the most competitive decade of them all.
Dec 20, 2018
Is a European Super League inevitable in the modern game?
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For 20 years, the concept of a European Super League has periodically risen. The idea that the elite of the European club game congregate to play each other on a weekly basis is one that makes the money men drool. UEFA are trying to protect the elite teams ever more, with 24 of this season's 32 Champions League group stage competitors gaining automatic entry to the tournament. So is a European Super League inevitable?
Dec 14, 2018
How managerial rivalries in the 1950s heralded a new dawn for modern football
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The more football changes the more it stays the same. The managerial rivalries and differences in approach taken to the contemporary game, from the mind-expanding football of Pep Guardiola to the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, and every other shade in-between, nothing is new. Football's greatest modern-day ideas are simply recycled versions of something which went before. Managerial Rivals delves into five decades of rivalries and looks to draw some familiar sounding parallels to the game we watch today. In part one, we explore the 1950s.
Dec 10, 2018
Exploring the women's game with author Chris Slegg and expert Rich Laverty
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Chris Slegg, BBC journalist and author of the excellent 2018/19 Women's Football Yearbook, joins expert Rich Laverty and hosts Stu and Steven as they explore the women's game, from its roots and early struggles to success today and rapid growth ahead.
Dec 06, 2018
Author Daniel Gray talks 50 lost wonders of football
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In a sport losing touch with its lengthy and unique history, author Daniel Gray is shedding light on 50 lost wonders of the game, from goalkeeping trousers to pixelated scoreboards, in his new book Black Boots and Football Pinks. Join Gary, Steven, Stu and Daniel for this intimate look at a literary masterpiece and the things we miss.
Dec 02, 2018
Bob Paisley: the unassuming Liverpool legend who rewrote English football history, with Ian Herbert
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The Lob speaks to Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday sportswriter Ian Herbert about his book Quiet Genius, which shines a light on the most unassuming but successful characters the game of football has ever known, Liverpool legend Bob Paisley.
Nov 21, 2018
Remembering the European Cup: the triumphs, talents and the tragedies
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For many, the European Cup remains the greatest tournament in football history, its iconic knockout format featuring just the champions of each nation. From the great teams of the early years through to the dominance of single clubs and nations, as well as the tragedies that shook the world, this is the story of a competition like no other.
Nov 15, 2018
Political Football: the compelling world of FIFA
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With one hand, FIFA have helped make the game truly global, giving the fans a sport like no other in the process. But with the other, they've often taken away its soul, leaving behind a sport riddled with corruption and deceit. To conclude the Political Football series, FIFA comes under the microscope.
Oct 30, 2018
In celebration of the Cup Winners' Cup, a tournament like no other
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For 39 years, the Cup Winners' Cup was the black sheep of European club tournaments. An often random generator of sides qualifying for it via their domestic cups, no winner ever retained it the following year, while it eluded giants such as Real Madrid, Liverpool and Internazionale completely. Its attained a cult status, is still missed by many fans today, and provided some of the European game's greatest memories.
Oct 22, 2018
Drewe Broughton opens up about elite performance coaching in football
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In a special edition of The Lob, we talk to former footballer Drewe Broughton about his highs and lows in the game and how he forged a new path as a performance coach. In a fascinating window on the internal workings of the elite game, Drewe also talks about his forthcoming book Ego: The Silent Killer.
Oct 18, 2018
Political Football: the culture and politics that shaped Scottish football and what Brexit means
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Football in Scotland is the product of a particular history, and the ideologies formed from that past shape some of the major clubs that play there. Religious divides and associations with other countries, combined with a prevailing national pride, weave together to produce the tartan fabric of Scottish football and the identities of a number of clubs. With Brexit imminent, and a potential return of independence, what would these developments mean for such identities and would they prove to be a boon or a bane for the game?
Oct 08, 2018
Political Football: how the game gave hope during the worst of Northern Ireland's Troubles
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In the post-war years, Northern Ireland was crosscut with strident political, religious and ideological divisions. In such an atmosphere the very existence of Belfast Celtic, the city’s only Catholic professional football club, was threatened and ultimately extinguished. Its success, trials and demise serve as a reminder of times when the sectarian divide flared into violence. This is the story of events at the time, using football as a prism, and how the nation secured a brighter future on and off the pitch.
Oct 02, 2018
In celebration of the UEFA Cup, from underdog wins to eras of dominance
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The UEFA Cup has been going since 1971 and this week's podcast is dedicated to the first three decades of the competition, when a number of incredible finals were played over two legs. There's a look at Ipswich Town and IFK Göteborg's famous wins, Real Madrid's back-to-back triumphs, the Italian dominance of the 1990s, and much more.
Sep 24, 2018
Political Football: The power, passion and dark underbelly of Turkish football at all levels
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Football in Turkey is often turbulent but always passionate. Join us as expert James Kelly explores how politics, geography and a thirst for power fuels the cauldron that is the Süper Lig. From the players and managers to those in power in and out of the game, this is the story of state-run clubs, corruption, ultras and the undoubted talent of a nation that has often used the sport as a means of escape.
Sep 19, 2018
Sócrates: the talent, the icon and the activist, with author Andrew Downie
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He was a footballer with a drink problem and various inner demons. And yet he was a genius; one of the greats. He was also a doctor and political activist - an icon for the working-classes of Brazil. There'll surely never be another Sócrates. Author of Doctor Sócrates, Andrew Downie, joined us to discuss the Corinthians legend and the book he authored on the man.
Sep 16, 2018
Political Football: How football overcame brutal military juntas in Argentina and Chile
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At a time when brutal military regimes were stifling society and the economy, football underwent vast changes in Argentina and Chile. From the decline of La Nuestra in Argentina to their World Cup glory of 1978 against the backdrop of torture just metres away, to the rise of Chilean football and how a select few stood up to the junta in acts of eternal defiance, this is the story of a murky relationship between fútbol and politics in these South American giants.
Sep 11, 2018
The Champions League and Europa League preview show
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Ahead of what promises to be another epic season of European football, our experts sat down to discuss who's looking strong,, the underdogs, the weak links and the match-ups that make both the Champions League and the often underrated Europa League such brilliant competitions.
Sep 06, 2018
Political Football: the magnificent, murky world of Soviet, Ukrainian and Russian football
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We examine the footballing history of the USSR. Not just those iconic red shirts with CCCP emblazoned across the front in bold white letters, but also how the Soviet authorities used football as a political tool; their successes, failures, bans and boycotts. How did Ukrainian football prosper behind the Iron Curtain, and what changed when the wall came down? In the end, was the 2018 World Cup merely another victory for Moscow's political power?
Sep 03, 2018
Michael Calvin talks State of Play, an exploration of football beneath its skin
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Award-winning author Michael Calvin joins the panel to discuss subjects from his outstanding new book State of Play, which explores football beneath its skin, from morality and mental health to its social impact and future.
Aug 27, 2018
Previewing the Serie A and LaLiga season and a tribute to Jim Hart
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With Cristiano Ronaldo now leading the Juventus charge but their rivals also strengthening, how will Serie A - slowly returning to glories of old - play out this season? And can a Ronaldo-less Real Madrid dismantle the Barcelona powerhouse in Spain? What about Atlético Madrid? Join us for this and a touching tribute to our former colleague, Jim Hart, who passed away last week.
Aug 20, 2018
The Premier League 2018/19 season preview
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The Premier League season is upon us, and a raft of questions and queries surround each team. Whose made the best signings? Who has gone backwards? Can anybody topple Manchester City and who'll be languishing in the relegation zone? Join us for this and more as our experts tackle the campaign ahead.
Aug 06, 2018
The philosophies that changed football forever
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Football is an ever-evolving sport, often shaped by the minds of a few. The dreamers. The thinkers. What we have today is the result of systems that have transcended borders and time to give us the greatest sport in the world. This is an exploration of those philosophies.
Jul 24, 2018
The post-World Cup show
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It's a fickle business, that of predicting football; even more so when it's the World Cup in question. So how did panellists from The Lob fare during Russia 2018? We reconvene to review the finals and hear from Andrew Flint, on the ground in Moscow, as well as the regulars.
Jul 19, 2018
Previewing the 2018 FIFA World Cup
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It's that time again: the 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us, so join hosts Jim Hart and Steven Scragg along with guests Stuart Horsfield and Gary Thacker as we wrap up a series that's covered every finals in history.
Jun 14, 2018
The World Cup Series: 2010 and 2014
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As Spain shook off their demons playing a brand of football as good as anything in World Cup history in 2010, Germany emulated them with a devastating blend of power and skill in 2014. These are the key stories and figures from two memorable modern finals.
Jun 06, 2018
Cheers, Tears and Jeers: A History of England and the World Cup
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We review senior writer Gary Thacker's brilliant new book, Cheers, Tears and Jeers: A History of England and the World Cup, chronicling the story of the Three Lions and the planet’s biggest football tournament from the early days of the game right up to the present day.
May 28, 2018
Previewing the CONCACAF nations at the 2018 World Cup
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Outside of the region, little is known about Costa Rica and Panama ahead of their odysseys on the global stage. Along with powerhouse Mexico, we preview what the 2018 World Cup has in store for the North American sides.
May 21, 2018
The World Cup Series: 2002 and 2006
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The first World Cup held outside of Europe and the Americas, 2002 in Japan and South Korea was a momentous event, full of surprise, intrigue and controversy. Four years later, Italy would lift the World Cup title amid the crippling effects of Calciopoli, uniting the nation for one of the modern eras finest tournaments.
May 14, 2018
The World Cup Series: 1994 and 1998
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Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Steven Scragg and Dan Williamson as they look back at the iconic USA 94, inclusive of Brazil's stunning win and Roberto Baggio's flawed moments of legend, and how France overcome a nation divided to claim the ultimate prize for the very first time.
May 09, 2018
The Coaches' Forum talks to Oliver Sifkovits
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Oliver Sifkovits is a high-performance coach who has worked with athletes from different sports, levels and age groups since 2009 in multiple countries. Host Jon Townsend caught up with the author and coach to discuss the optimisation of performance and how to make marginal gains in this multi-faceted and engaging podcast for all coaches and trainers.
Apr 26, 2018
The World Cup Series: 1986 and 1990
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Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Steven Scragg and Stuart Horsfield as they look back at Diego Maradona's sublime 1986 finals, taking Argentina to glory, and perhaps the most romanticised World Cup in history: Italia 90.
Apr 17, 2018
The World Cup Series: 1978 and 1982
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Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Steven Scragg, Dan Williamson and Stuart Horsfield as they examine two contrasting finals - the 1978 edition, won by Argentina mid huge controversy, and the glory of Italy in 1982, perhaps the greatest finals of all.
Apr 04, 2018
The World Cup Series: 1970 and 1974
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Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Gary Thacker and Steven Scragg as they analyse what many consider to be the two greatest World Cups - 1970 and 1974. From the majestic Brazil side of Pelé and Jairzinho to Johan Cruyff's runners-up, this is the story of tournaments that ushered in a new era.
Mar 18, 2018
The Coaches' Forum talks to Matt Smith
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During his 18-year career, Matt Smith has juggled life and football during stints at the top as a young player in England and professional in Australia and Thailand. Host Jon Townsend caught up with the international defender to find out more about the professional game a rung away from the glitz of Europe.
Feb 26, 2018
Spanish stadia: the icons and the white elephants
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From the Camp Nou to the Santiago Bernabéu, Spain boasts some of the most iconic stadiums in history, but the country hasn't hosted a major tournament since 1982 and some grounds are beginning to decline. In this edition of The Lob, we take a look at the current Spanish stadia situation, asking how and when venues can be improved, while also getting nostalgic and picking out the best grounds in the country.
Feb 26, 2018
The World Cup Series: 1930-1966
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The first of an eight-part series. Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Gary Thacker and Steven Scragg as they analyse the growth of the tournament, from the early powers, Uruguay and Italy, to the rise of Brazil, Germany and Hungary, and how an unstable world changed the face of football. Immerse yourself in legendary names, great games and teams that set the benchmark for later editions.
Feb 25, 2018
The Lob talks to Tariq Panja
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Tariq Panja is a leading journalist focusing on the business and politics of football. Author of Football's Secret Trade - How the Player Transfer Market Was Infiltrated, his work has been featured on The New York Times and Bloomberg amongst many others.
Jan 01, 2018
The Coaches' Forum talks to Saul Isaksson-Hurst
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Jon Townsend talks technical development for players of all ages with coach Saul Isaksson-Hurst, a one-on-one coaching specialist whose clubs include Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the founder of My Personal Football Coach.
Dec 17, 2017
In celebration of football's greatest number 10s
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When it comes to pure football romance, the number 10 position is in a class of its own. With the greatest names having worn the shirt, we discuss the position, what makes it so special, trends and a host of legends in this special podcast to celebrate the launch of our new magazine, The Battle of the 10s.
Dec 04, 2017
The Coaches' Forum talks to Jamie Hamilton
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Jamie Hamilton is one of the most engrossing writers in the game today, with a focus on merging modern trends in coaching with the tactical progression of the game. He sat down with host Jon Townsend to discuss his outlook on the game, philosophy and more.
Dec 01, 2017
The Lob talks to Jonathan Wilson
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Jonathan Wilson is the acclaimed author of Inverting The Pyramid, The Outsider and Angels With Dirty Faces, as well as the founder and editor of The Blizzard. Join host Jim Hart and senior writer Christopher Weir as they sit down with the affable and knowledgable Wilson to discuss all things football in this wide-ranging conversation.
Nov 20, 2017
The Coaches' Forum talks to Johnny McKinstry
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In the first of a new series of podcasts hosted by Jon Townsend, Johnny Mckinstry, the former manager of Sierra Leone and Rwanda, and now of Kauno Žalgiris in Lithuania's top-flight, talks about his coaching journey, which has led him to all parts of the world before the age of 32, and how he goes about his day-to-day.
Nov 16, 2017
Remembering the maverick Alan "Huddy" Hudson with biographer Jason Pettigrove
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Join host Jim Hart and senior writer Chris Weir as they interview long-time Marca journalist and FC Barcelona content editor Jason Pettigrove about his first book, a biography of Chelsea, Stoke and Arsenal legend Alan “Huddy” Hudson. Joining is also the managing director of St David Press, Ashley Drake.
Oct 24, 2017
Welcome to the incredible world of Rayo Vallecano
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To coincide with the release of Robbie Dunne's fantastic book Working-Class Heroes: The Story of Rayo Vallecano, Spanish football experts Euan McTear, Robbie, Colin Millar and Chris Weir delve deep into the singular world of the special Madrid club.
Oct 17, 2017
Gabriele Marcotti talks Italian football past and present
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One of the game's finest writers, Gabriele Marcotti, talks about one of the game's most treasured leagues, Serie A, in this wide-ranging delve into Italian football. Gab is joined by TFT's Jim Hart, Luca Hodges-Ramon and Jon Townsend.
Sep 23, 2017
Uli Hesse and the state of German football
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Uli Hesse is the best-selling German author of Tor!, Bayern Munich: Creating A Global Superclub and Alles BVB. He sat down with Jim Hart and Luca Hodges-Ramon to discuss the Bundesliga, the German national team and a bit of baseball.
Sep 18, 2017
Kenny Sansom: Alcohol, Diego Maradona and the Hand of God
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Kenny Sansom, Arsenal legend and recipient of 86 hard-earned England caps, has incredible stories to tell, not least those concerning his alcohol dependence and the stories of Diego Maradona from the 1986 World Cup. Our partners at Beyond The Pitch sat down with the former Three Lions hero.
Sep 12, 2017
A chat with former Liverpool manager, Roy Evans
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An original Beyond The Pitch production. As manager of Liverpool, Roy Evans had the club playing some of the most swashbuckling football seen in the Premier League in the 1990s. A stalwart of the club, giving up decades of his life to serve his beloved Anfield side, Evans lifts the lid on the inside happenings at the club and much more in this revealing interview.
Sep 11, 2017
How Atlético Madrid broke the La Liga duopoly, with Euan McTear
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Jim Hart and Jon Townsend speak to Euan McTear, author of 'Eibar The Brave', about Atlético Madrid and their penetration of the Real Madrid-Barcelona strangehold in Spanish football, which forms the basis of his new book, 'Hijacking La Liga: How Atlético Madrid broke Barcelona and Real Madrid's duopoly'.
Sep 06, 2017
The methods and secrets of Tom Byer
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One of football's most respected and influential coaches, Tom Byer has led youth revolutions in Japan and China, and his work spreads across the world to a generation of young players and trainers. Jim Hart and Jon Towsend sat down with Byer to discuss his methods and secrets.
Aug 29, 2017
How to identify talent and the use of statistics
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Host Jim Hart, senior writer and coach Jon Townsend and commentator and analyst Juan Arango examine how players are evaluated during the development stage, what methods are used and whether statistics are the answer.
May 28, 2017
FIFA's running of football and the World Cup
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Join host Jim Hart alongside FSF Blogger of the Year 2016 and TFT senior writer, Andrew Flint, Paul Sarahs, a commentator for major media outlets around the world, and Nima Tavalleay of Goal and Sempre Inter for this fascinating and high energy debate about the governance of football.
Apr 28, 2017
Interview with former Bayern Munich and Germany under-21 midfielder Frank Gerster
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Join host Jim Hart and co-host and senior writer for TFT Jon Townsend for a unique interview with former Bayern Munich and Germany under-21 midfielder Frank Gertser. Frank talk about his career and his exciting project, German Football Experience, a unique football school in Frankfurt where he has partnered with Justin Rose.
Mar 30, 2017
In celebration of football's one-club stalwarts
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Jim Hart hosts a one-off special celebrating the game's greatest one-club men, with guests Chris Darwen from Tales from the Top Flight, Luca Hodges-Ramon, editor of The Gentleman Ultra and TFT regular, and Jon Townsend, TFT's longest-serving senior writer.
Mar 02, 2017
The Calcio Magazine and contemporary Serie A
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Join host Jim Hart and Italian football experts Luca Hodges-Ramon, Blair Newman and Emmet Gates as they break down some of the articles from TFT's recently released Calcio magazine as well as wider Serie A topics and what Chinese money may mean for the future of the Italian game.
Jan 15, 2017
Should we bring Safe Standing to British football?
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We cover the controversial topic of Safe Standing in the British game. Joining host Jim Hart is Pete Daykin from The Football Supporters' Federation, Dave Tomlinson, the Supporters Liaison Officer from Crewe Alexandria and a Safe Standing advocate, and TFT's award-winning senior writer Andrew Flint.
Jan 02, 2017
The tragedy of Chapecoense and wider South American football
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Jim Hart hosts a special podcast to discuss the Chapecoense air disaster. Joining Jim is South American football expert, Miami FC commentator and CONCACAF announcer, Juan Arango, along with beIN SPORTS analyst George D Metellus. The panel discuss the tragedy, along with the state of wider Brazilian and South American football.
Dec 02, 2016
Why US Soccer is standing in the way of national team progress
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Host Jim Hart holds a discussion with former US national team player and former under-17 head coach and MLS manager, Erik Imler. Also joining Jim is senior writer Jon Townsend, who is a youth coach in St. Louis and one of the most respected writers on the US game. Erik and Jon discuss the impact of Bruce Arena taking over from Jürgen Klinsmann as national team head coach as well as what it means for the development of players in America.
Nov 29, 2016
The uncertain future of Catalan football
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It's tough to predict what the future of Catalan football holds. In a region dominated by talk of political independence, host Euan McTear and special guests Alexandra Jonson, Samuel Marsden, David Cartilidge and Igansi Torné look at the state of FC Barcelona and La Masia, the rise of smaller regional teams, and wider issues from a spectacular football landscape.
Nov 11, 2016
The Football Italia Years: Part II
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In part two of The Football Italia Years, host Jim Hart spoke to calcio writers and experts Blair Newman, Luca Hodges-Ramon - authors of the written series - and Dominic Bliss to talk about the Italian game in the 1990s, how it ruled the world, and the legacy of Channel 4's excellent coverage in the UK.
Sep 25, 2016
The Football Italia Years
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To accompany our series The Football Italia Years, host Jim Hart caught up with calcio writers and experts Blair Newman, Luca Hodges-Ramon - authors of the series - and Dominic Bliss to talk about the Italian game in the 1990s, how it ruled the world, and the legacy of Channel 4's excellent coverage in the UK.
Sep 19, 2016
A chat with US legend Marcelo Balboa
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In the history of the United States national team, only four men have made more appearances than Marcelo Balboa's 127. We caught up with the former midfield star to talk about his three World Cup experiences, player development, the national team today and his roots in Argentina.
Aug 19, 2016
Where next for English football?
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Following yet another big tournament disappointment for England, the attention has now shifted onto what what wrong and how we can learn from the countless mistakes of yesteryear. We break down the issues from the methods of coaching deployed at the grassroots levels and at academies to the professional game, and why English players are still lagging behind their main competitors from the continent.
Jul 05, 2016
The secrets of football blogging
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Football blogging has, on the surface, never been in a better state. With blogs popping up daily and many bloggers going on to write for some of the major online media outlets, we examine the truth behind the world of online football writing. With TFT senior writers Jon Townsend, Andrew Flint, Jim Hart and host Omar Saleem - who share some of their own secrets - we break down how to become a better writer, the best independent sites out there, and what constitutes good football writing.
Jun 14, 2016
The mysterious world of Russian football
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In two years' time the world will descend upon Russia for the FIFA World Cup, and we have brought you the inside story on what makes their football tick. Our panel consists of Moscow-based Alan Moore, a columnist for Russia's largest sports news portal Championat, Manuel Veth, Editor-in-Chief of Soviet football site Futbolgrad, Toke Theilade, Editor-in-Chief of Russian Football News, and Andrew Flint, senior These Football Times writer. Join regular host Jim Hart as he directs a discussion that loops from behind the Iron Curtain through to the modern day.
Jun 08, 2016
Copa América Centenario special
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The Copa América Centenario, which takes place in the US from June 4-26, promises to be one of the most nostalgic and fascinating in the tournament's history. The Lob's distinguished panel of experts, previewing the tournament, includes Tim Vickery, who covers football for the BBC and ESPN, Juan Arango, who will be performing the Spanish language broadcasts of the Copa América for CONCACAF, and Roberto Rojas, the co-host of Low Limit Football and a writer for VAVEL. Join host Jim Hart as he brings you a discussion on the major points ahead of the tournament.
May 27, 2016
The art and science of player development and coaching
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How do the professionals go about their business in the areas of analysis, scouting, coaching and player development? We find out by speaking to Jed Davies (consultant to an international head coach), Kevin Nicholson (Cardiff City under-21 manager), Johnny McKinstry (Rwanda national team manager) and Joey Lombardi (regional talent manager for the Canadian Soccer Association).
May 23, 2016
Deconstructing American Soccer (Part II)
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Deconstructing American Soccer (part II) is a discussion of the economics of the American version of the game. Joining us is award-winning economist from the University of Michigan and author of Soccernomics and Money and Soccer, Stefan Szymanski. This in depth interview, hosted by Jim Hart and Jon Townsend, takes a look at why Major League Soccer is structured so differently than most other leagues from around the world. Stefan walks us through the issues facing MLS methods and the challenges it faces in an ever competitive landscape.
May 16, 2016
The Challenges facing Irish football
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How can football in Northern Ireland and the Republic improve? From a lack of players plying their trade at the highest levels of the game, to development issues in youth coaching, Colin Millar (NI Football Daily, The Mirror), Conor Kelly (The Final Third, FourFourTwo) and Matt Gault (The Guardian, FourFourTwo) break down the challenges facing Irish football and look ahead to the Euros.
May 15, 2016
Deconstructing American Soccer (Part I)
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What is the reality behind the state of football in the US? With MLS deemed by many to be quickly becoming one of the best leagues in world football, and talked up by Commissioner Don Garber as having the potential to be a world leader by 2022, what are the challenges hindering progress? Jon Townsend, Jim Hart and Nate Abaurrea break down the US game in The Lob: Deconstructing American Soccer.
May 11, 2016
The wonderful world of Basque football
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Basque football represents one of the most intriguing stories in the global game. A small region of Spain, it continually produces some of the best young talent in the nation as well as sporting stories at club level. We break down the regional game with Euan McTear, author of Eibar The Brave, Nate Abaurrea, host of World Soccer Talk, Jon Arregi, director of the Eibar Foundation, and Salvador Acha, founder of Mr Pentland.
May 03, 2016
Defending in the modern game, with Jamie Carragher
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Has the standard of defending declined in the modern era? By looking around at the depth in talent across the upper echelons of the game, it's clear that fewer world-class players are around today in defensive positions compared to just a decade ago. With special guest Jamie Carragher - a man who made over 700 appearances for Liverpool - These Football Times examine the state of defending in The Lob, episode 1.
Apr 26, 2016